"In Jesus' time, the dogwood grew
To a stately size and a lovely hue.
'Twas strong and firm, its branches interwoven.
For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen.
Seeing the distress at this use of their wood
Christ made a promise which still holds good:
"Never again shall the dogwood grow
Large enough to be used so.
Slender and twisted, it shall be
With blossoms like the cross for all to see.
As blood stains the petals marked in brown,
The blossom's center wears a thorny crown.
All who see it will remember Me
Crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree.
Cherished and protected, this tree shall be
A reminder to all of My agony."
My friend JoAnne was the inspiration for the blog on Legend of the Dogwood Tree.
Here are some recipes from Ever Ready Friday Lenten Specials
Provencal Shrimp and Walleye in Foil Packets
Cook's notes: Foil packets can be baked in oven if your grill is still buried under snow. Spray foil packets in the inside with cooking spray before adding shrimp, fish and vegetables. Bake 425 degrees for 15-17 minutes.
These pictures captured the beauty of flowering dogwoods in Tennessee on a trip back to Minnesota from Florida in March 2014.