The dogwoods are among the first to bloom in the spring and it is quite delightful to see a burst of white or pink among delicate deciduous trees along a road side.
There is a rather old, well established white dogwood tree growing in my neighborhood. It is bent and gnarly with Spanish moss hanging down from its branches.
Each blossom of the dogwood, white or pink, has the form of a cross: two long and two short petals. The center of the outer edge of each petal has three small holes remindful of nail prints.
The top of the petals are rusty on one side and brown/red on the other. It is not difficult to imagine that they represent the spikes that pierced the hands and feet or Our Lord on the Cross.
Finally, at the center of the flower, there is a green cluster reminiscent of the Crown of Thorns used at the Crucifixion.
At this time that is leading up to the Easter Holiday, make some time to reflect.
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