Friday, April 2, 2010

Legend of the Dogwood - Postcard Friendship Friday #5

I looked everywhere for a postcard with dogwood blossoms for today. But alas, I did not find any, This will have to do. Though this is not a dogwood tree, it is very close to what the pink dogwood looks like. Dogwood trees only have four petals. I also adore these charming children, feeding those very hungry lambs.

Here is another lovely story of Easter -- The Legend of the Dogwood Tree.

Long, long ago, the dogwood tree was tall and proud. Its trunk was as large around as an oak tree and its wood was hard and strong.

Near the city of Jerusalem grew an especially lovely dogwood tree. When the Savior was to be crucified, the Roman soldiers looked at the tree and decided it would be just the right kind of wood they needed. They cut down the tree and made a cross for Him.

The dogwood tree was sad and ashamed to be put to such a terrible use. Now the Lord knew the tree was very unhappy and he felt sorry for it. So He promised the dogwood it would never again grow large enough to be used as a cross. And then, to give the world a reminder of the tree's history, He gave it a very special blossom. This blossom would be a sign of His death.

That is why the dogwood's four petals form the shape of a cross. On the outer edge of each petal there is a dark red stain, as a reminder that He was offered on the cross for forgiveness of sins. And in the center of each bloom is a tiny crown of thorns.


On the back of this Easter Postcard, it says, "Wouldn't it be fun if I were there, or you were here?" Your cousin Dorothy




22 comments:

Lyneen said...

I love these legends. Thanks for sharing. PFF

Enjoy your Easter.

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

Thank you for taking the time to host this meme, Beth. I don't take part every week because although I have a lot of postcards, I don't always have the time to visit the other entries and leave comments - but I do appreciate this activity.
Evelyn in Montreal

Bob of Holland said...

A sweet story and postcard. Happy Easter, and PFF of course.

Dayhomemama said...

Such a sweet postcard, and the legend is wonderful. Thank you for sharing this one for today. Happy Easter!!

Irene said...

Lovely legend. thank you for hosting and sharing your wonderful cards.

Joy said...

Lovely legend and card. The lambs reminded me of the cute ones I saw this morning, keeping close to their mother. Happy Easter and PFF.

maryt/theteach said...

Beth, I have a poem I wrote about the Dogwood posted on my sidebar. Love the card you've posted. My PFF is up.

fortuitous faery said...

i do have a postcard with dogwood flowers and the legend written on it...i picked it up from my trip to savannah, georgia!

Christine H. said...

It's such a lovely card. I enjoyed reading the story too, got me thinking about dogwoods and how much I am looking forward to those blooms.

Paula said...

Good morning Beth! Oh, I adore your card with the little lambs, they are precious!

It was great to see your smiling face on my blog this morning! Wishing you and yours and blessed Easter! Enjoy the colors of Spring!

Terra said...

Great postcard and legend of the dogwood, and I like the note written on the back. Do you think that was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz? We're not in Kansas anymore :)

Terry said...

Howdy Beth
What a beautiful post for today.
Happy PFF to you .
I love this story .
Thank you so very much for Hosting PFF.
I have really missed Fridays .
I am still taking care of my Mom and working part time,etc...
Blessings of joy to you and yours as we celebrate the gift of New life.
A very Happy Easter to you Beth :)
Big hugs from Texas
Happy Trails

Aimee said...

Wonderful legend and very cute card!

Postcardy said...

I have a Dogwood Legend postcard, but I don't think any of my Easter postcards have dogwoods.

Dorincard said...

Thanks for your beautiful posts and efforts1
Here's a dogwood tree salute from my state:
http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd206/dorinco/For%20trade/Animals/VAstateBirdFlower.jpg

Lois said...

I've never heard this legend before! I have two white dogwoods in my yard and they are just about to pop out.

sarala said...

Have a lovely holiday and happy spring.

Nancy said...

A sweet story indeed. I've not heard this before but it's touching. I enjoyed it!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Thanks dear! Have a blessed day!

Tami said...

I love that story of the dogwood. Happy Pink Saturday to you!!
xo Tami

Debbie said...

I posted this same idea for my Pink Saturday post. Isn't it a lovely parable? Welcome to PS. I host Crock Pot Wednesday each week and would love for you to join me for that. Happy Easter.

Valrie said...

Love the vintage cards. I came to you though Bev's pink Saturday! Come over for a visit soon!

Valrie http://poemsmyway-valrie.blogspot.com