Under The Dogwood Tree
Every spring, they would bloom so beautifully. My grandmother was a kindergarten teacher and so she would always find teachable moments. The dogwood blossom was the opportunity to remind us of the true meaning of Easter….Christ’s death and resurrection.
The white blossom has 4 petals in the shape of a cross.
The petals have blood colored stains at each tip and a marking like the nail prints in the hands and feet of Jesus.
The crown of green buds in the center of the blossom represents the crown of thorns placed upon Jesus head.
We played under and around those trees building many memories and so I have many reasons to associate the dogwoods with her memory.
But not just her memory…..I also have hope.
Because Jesus sacrificed his life and was crucified, we all have hope. Just like the spring blossoms renew every year, Jesus rose again to signify new life given to all who embrace it as a free gift. Because of that life, my grandmother can be in God’s presence and some day I will join her as well.
How blessed we are to have the hope of new life!
Celebrate good memories of loved ones who have passed on.
Celebrate the comfort of knowing they are in a better place.
Celebrate the hope of new life for all of us who have placed our trust in God.
1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time
PRAYER FOR YOU: May you be blessed with the hope of Easter. May you embrace the joy and comfort of this precious gift that makes it possible for you to have the hope of life everlasting.
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Posted on March 27, 2013, in Living the Christian Life, Ponderings, Spiritual and tagged Christian living, Christianity, crucifixion, dogwood, Easter, life everlasting, resurrection. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.