God has given me an early Easter remembrance ~ my dogwoods are blooming!
As legend has it, the cross on which Jesus was crucified was made from a dogwood tree.
God decreed that the dogwood tree would from that day
forth never grow large enough to be used to make a cross.
Thus, the dogwood tree is a small tree.
The flower of the dogwood has four petals which makes the shape of a cross.
The center of the flower resembles the crown of thorns with bright red,
clustered fruit in the center representing the blood of Christ.
The dogwood blooms in April when Easter Sunday
marks the resurrection of Christ after the Crucifixion.