Do you have dogwood trees in your yard?  When the dogwood blooms I know spring is just around the corner.  When in full bloom these are some of the most magnificent trees in all of God’s creation.  I have noticed that they are blooming here in North Alabama although the beauty is not as dramatic as it is further south.   On Tuesday, I took Debbie to Birmingham for a doctor visit.  Once the visit was over I went by Western Supermarket headquarters to visit a friend who I haven’t seen in several months.  In front of the office were six or so dogwood trees that were in full bloom.  Of course, we took the time to look at them.  We decided to drive back up I65 instead of going through Guntersville.  Our original plan was not to travel north on the interstate because of the dreaded sink hole.  But the traffic was light and we, along with everyone else except tractor trailer trucks, could travel all the way to Hartselle before having to exit I65.  In fact this turned out to be a very easy ride with hardly any waiting.  It might have taken us ten minutes longer which was not too bad.  But I digress.

On the way north I was enjoying the spring weather.  There were peaks of sunshine, clouds, and warm weather.  Oooooh, spring is in the air.  While enjoying the beauty of the day we passed a large wooded area of pine trees.  Now as beautiful as dogwoods are, pine trees are ugly.  I know this because I have several in my back yard.  On the ground are either limbs, dried up pine needles, pine cones, or green pine needles.  You get the picture, right.  I thought to myself, more pine trees that I am glad are not in my yard. In the middle of all of the pine trees was one lonely, beautiful dogwood.   It was blooming.  My attention was immediately given to the dogwood.

And then it hit me.  As a Christian I am suppose to be the dogwood and the world is the pines.  Matthew 5:16 tells us to let our light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify our father in heaven.”  The dogwood stood out and shined compared to the pine trees.  Are we seen as brightly as that dogwood?  Does our behavior stand out to others?  What a contract I saw.  Then I was reminded of  II Corinthians 6:17— “Come out from among them and be ye separate, says the Lord”.  As Christians we are different from the rest of the world.  I challenge to show the world like the dogwood did me that we are indeed different! 




“Wounds of the soul” is the sermon I plan on presenting the first Sunday of April and it is    April 4th.  Invite your friends and family because I believe this message will appeal to all of us.  Every person carries wounds and, therefore, needs this lesson.  If they come I believe they will benefit from the lesson.

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