In this video, Bishop Ward talks about how the flowering of dogwood trees in this beautiful season of spring are a proclamation of God’s goodness and victorious love for us.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I look out our front windows and see beautiful flowering dogwood trees – one white and one, a beautiful shade of pink.
Tayari Jones, in her novel, “The Untelling” gives me words to think about dogwood trees in this season, as Easter comes very soon.
She wrote, “I find myself thinking about dogwood trees all the time. I watch them, short-trunked and twisted, with their beautiful blossoms. I believed my Sunday school teacher, who taught me when I was a child, that dogwood trees were once tall and straight. A dogwood tree was made into a cross for Jesus. Now the dogwood tree is twisted and bent in memory. We took blossoms from the dogwood trees and looked closely at them and we could see that the blossoms formed a cross, and on each of the white petals was a nail-print with a spot of red. Now, many years later, I know a world where gnarled, twisted dogwood trees cannot make themselves straight.”
The flowering of dogwood trees in this beautiful season of spring are a proclamation of God’s goodness and victorious love for us. Through the great Paschal mystery – the suffering of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, for us – God pours out love and redeems us, drawing us close to God’s own self.
In this holy week, which comes to us very soon, my prayer is that you will be drawn even closer to God, that you will know the redeeming love of God in your life, and that the victory of Easter may be strong and radiant upon us all. May Christ, the suffering servant, be with you as we move through these last days of Lent together.