“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who in his great mercy gave us a new birth 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 the power of God are safeguarded through faith,
to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.
In this you rejoice, although now for a little while
you may have to suffer through various trials,
so that the genuineness of your faith,
more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire,
may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Although you have not seen him you love him;
even though you do not see him now yet believe in him,
you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,
as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
1 Peter 1:3-9
There is a legend about dogwood tree blossoms. Their white interior and crimson red edges symbolize the suffering that Jesus endured two thousand years ago on the cross, and specifically the blood that was spilled from the Christ’s hands and feet during His crucifixion. The blossoms remind us of the passion and death our Lord suffered for our salvation and of His glorious Resurrection and His victory over death and sin. In this we “rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.”