white dogwood tree blossomsDid you know the Dogwood bloom is the state flower of North Carolina?

While walking my dog on a trail, I was immediately struck by the beauty of white blooms on a lone Dogwood tree.  It was the first tree with blooms that I had noticed so far in that year.

It wasn’t until days later that I began seeing the Legend of the Dogwood Tree circling around social media.  I had never heard this story before, but found it to be so interesting as well as beautiful. This legend appears in perfect timing as we approach Easter this weekend and celebrate the miracle of Christ’s resurrection as well as new beginnings evident in all the vivacious blooms of spring time.

I found this poem to be another great explanation of the The Dogwood Tree Legend.

The Dogwood Tree poem by anonymous

Final Thoughts:

I definitely will not be able to look at a bloom on the Dogwood tree the same ever again.  What a powerful symbol this legend gives to Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. As we approach Easter Sunday, let us all remember the pain and suffering Jesus embodied for each of us.

His suffering is not in vain and your suffering with whatever you are facing in your life will not be either.  Just as God took Jesus’s anguish and made something beautiful come from it, he will do the same for you.

We should all take comfort in his unending and unconditional love for all life on earth and humankind. The resurrection of Jesus is the promise of new beginnings, eternal life, and a symbol of the miraculous power of God above.

© Strength 4 Spouses LLC, 2018. Last revised in 2022.