Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pine Tree Crosses

     Sharing information from websites and email streams, my sister told me about an article she had read from one of the daily devotionals she receives. It seems that Pine trees begin their new growth in the weeks [spring] before Easter/Passover. Looking to the top of these coniferous trees two weeks before, yellow shoots begin to form. As the days get close to Resurrection Sunday - the tallest shoot will branch off and form a cross. By Easter, most of the trees will have small yellow crosses on the tallest shoots. 
    Folklore continues to present the question: Do they recognize the pagan tradition of using Evergreens in one of the most popular holidays [Christmas] and thus display these little crosses on their branches to somehow compensate for that? 
    Despite how it is viewed - I am always intrigued and blessed by little reminders in creation - things that point me to my redemption and salvation through Christ.
    "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." ~ Romans 1:20


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