"When Christ was on earth, the dogwood grew
to a towering size with a lovely hue.
Its branches were strong and interwoven;
so for Christ’s cross, its timbers were chosen.
Being distressed at the use of its wood,
Christ made a promise which still holds good:
“Not ever again shall the dogwood grow large enough for such a tree;
it shall always be with cross-shaped blossoms for all to see.
The petals shall have bloodstains marked in brown
and in the blossom’s center a thorny crown.
All who see it will think of Me - nailed to a cross from the dogwood tree.
Protected and cherished this tree shall be a reflection to all of My agony.” (Author Unknown)