Every house I've ever lived in (5 of them) was blessed to have a dogwood tree in the yard! So I've had a love of dogwoods even when I was very young. As a teen I heard the legend of the dogwood and I just loved the story. No, I don't think it's true, but the imagery and symbolism of the cross and the dogwood blossoms are so beautiful!
So, for the last week and a half I've been slowly working on the art work to create the printable cards and the dogwood craft patterns which are in this post.....
- The Legend of the DogwoodAt the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood had reached the size of the mighty oak tree. So strong and firm was the wood that it was chosen as the timber for Jesus' cross.To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said. "Because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross–two long and two short petals."In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns so that all who see it will remember."from "Sower's Seeds Aplenty: Fourth Planting," # 29, p. 22
(stock paper works best)
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I enjoyed drawing these flowers and cards.
My kids enjoyed coloring and creating the crafts.
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