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Be Gone

Nae's Nest —  April 12, 2012 — 1 Comment

Are you here to save me

or to slay me?

I am confused

My thoughts are held hostage

Saturated in chemo

Muddles my thinking

Clouds my eyes

Sometimes I will forget

How to spell my name

Are you here to make it better

or to beat and batter?

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My legs are heavy and numb

I am unsteady on my feet

Are you here to heal?

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I don’t think you are the divine one

I think you are here to steal

Hovering over me like a vulture

Eager for my death

Sealing my fate

I have news for you Lucifer

You may think you have won the war

My faith is strong and my God is stronger

You may hold my body

You will not claim my soul

I have a niche waiting in Heaven

My Heavenly home

You will never have me

You are not welcome there

Be  Gone

by Renee Robinson

Curse of Dogwood

Nae's Nest —  April 8, 2012 — 3 Comments

My mother used to share a legend about the Dogwood Tree every year at this time. Usually, on the way to or from church.

 Legend says this  sweet little tree is cursed by God.  Surprising to hear it is cursed?  A popular ornamental tree like the dogwood?  Every spring wonderful white blossoms emerged-cursed?  How can such a lovely tree be cursed?  It seems someone would notice...

It is said the dogwood was once a very large, strong tree.  It was a favorite for building material for an array of purposes, including the structure of a very strong and heavy wooden cross.  The same cross Jesus had to drag on his back and hang on for hours.

Because this tree was chosen for the crucifixion, God was going to make certain this tree would be unsuitable for that purpose again.  (Crucifixion was a popular form of execution of thieves and such).  God’s curse made the tree the small ornamental tree we see today.  It could never be used for a house, much less a crucifixion.

Legend also says this tree was blessed!  Before the crucifixion, this tree had no flowers.  The crucifixion changed all of that.  It now blooms just about time for Easter as a reminder of the sacrifice Christ made.  However, that’s still not the end of the legend!

The best part is within the flower itself.  Have you ever actually looked closely at a dogwood flower?  It is unique that is has only for petals.  The flower looks exactly like a crucifix.  The tip of the each petal has an indent, as if nails had once been driven there.  Lastly, each petal also bears a hint of red stains, near the sight of the nail imprints.  These stains represent the blood that Christ shed so that we may be saved.

by Renee Robinson

Lily Tradition

Nae's Nest —  April 8, 2012 — 1 Comment
The Easter Lily. For many, the beautiful trumpet-shaped white flowers symbolize purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life—the spiritual essence of Easter. History, mythology, literature, poetry and the world of art are rife with stories and images that speak of the beauty and majesty of the elegant white flowers. Often called the “white-robed apostles of hope,” lilies were found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ’s agony. Tradition has it that the beautiful white lilies sprung up where drops of Christ’s sweat fell to the ground in his final hours of sorrow and deep distress. Churches continue this tradition at Easter time by banking their altars and surrounding their crosses with masses of Easter Lilies, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and hope of life everlasting. Happy Easter from the McNutt Family!
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