By: Gary L. Rodgers


To me the most beautiful tree in the world is the Dogwood Tree. I love to look at the blossoms each year and I thank God for the witness that the flowers leave behind of Christ and the cross.

I was so happy to find when we bought our home a few years ago that we have a wild Dogwood that blooms every year in our backyard. And I was so thankful that a recent snow storm which passed through our area on October 29, 2011 had left this beautiful tree unscathed while a Locust tree less than 6 feet in front of it and a Maple tree approximately 10 feet behind it had their branches broken off from the heavy snow which made it necessary to cut them down.

I thank you Father for being so kind to leave this beautiful witness alive and healthy for others to see and admire. We serve an awesome God and He is attentive to even the smallest details of our lives. God knew how I felt about this tree and He protected it from getting damaged. Thank you Lord for your loving kindness!

I remember as a young man where I grew up that we had a wild Dogwood growing in some woods next to us. The first time that I took notice to the tree I picked a few of its flowers and took them home to my mother. She told me the story of the Legend of The Dogwood where it was said that at one time this tree grew to be big and strong and was used to make the cross of Christ. The tree was so distressed over the way that it was used that Christ sensed this and through His compassion He took pity on the tree and said that it would never again grow big enough nor straight enough to build another cross, and as a witness to the world He gave the tree a special blossom to call its own.

When you look at the flower of my tree you will notice that it has but four petals that form the shape of a cross. At the centered edge of each petal you will notice a hole with a hint of red and rust. Red representing the blood that Christ Shed for us, and the rust left behind from the iron spikes that were driven through His hands and His feet when they nailed Him to the cross. In the center you will notice the crown of thorns that was placed on His head. My Dogwood has white petals, and it reminds me of the pure innocence of the sacrifice that died to pay my sin debt, and the sin debt of the whole world.

So again I thank you Lord for the miracle of sparing this tree and for the beautiful way that you leave as a witness for the world to see, a blossom that testifies of your love for us and the costly price it took to show us that.

Thank you Lord for loving us far beyond what we deserve. You could have called ten thousand angels to destroy the entire world yet you remembered the prophecy that you gave us in the Garden of Eden, and chose to go to a cruel cross for each and every one of us. Thank you for looking down the corridor of time through the centuries to gaze upon my face and to take pity on me and pay the penalty of my sin debt so that I could be set free from the eternal fires of hell which we all deserved.

You too can escape the punishment of Hell by praying this simple prayer. Lord be merciful to me a sinner. Please wash away all of my sins with the blood that you shed for us at Calvary. Please send the Holy Spirit into my heart to change my life and guide me in the paths of righteousness. Amen!

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You should write down the:

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of your decision. Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.

Please contact us through Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown PA. 17067 to let us know that you have made a decision for Christ so that we can pray for you and rejoice with you. We would like to send you some information to help you get started in your Christian walk.

Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless you!