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Beth’s Dogwood Tree: A Ceremony of Remembrance

Planting Beth's Tree


On a chilly Tuesday morning, December 11, 2018 with frost covering the ground, many of Beth’s coworkers along with friends and Dr. Steve, gathered in the yard of ORAU (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) to dedicate a tree that had been planted to honor the memory of Beth Flick. Also joining us by way of Zoom video stream, were several of Beth’s family members. We all watched as Dr. Steve was presented a plaque that will be placed at the foot of the tree for all to see as they come and go to work or to visit ORAU. Included in the words spoken that morning was the reason behind this special tree.

Dogwood Blossom

The staff of ORAU chose a Dogwood tree and appropriately so for it was Beth’s favorite tree, but not only for its beauty, but also for its symbolic meaning. If you experienced the blessing of being around Beth anytime at all you would quickly come to realize what the most important aspect of her life was and that was being faithful to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As a Christian, Beth sought to follow the Lord’s leading in all she did, whether in the home, work, church or elsewhere, she remained faithful to her Lord. The symbolism of the Dogwood tree bloom is so appropriate for Beth, as a Christian because it’s not just an ordinary bloom. The four petals represent the four points of the cross and the rusty spots on the edges represent rustiness of the nails used at the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, while the spiked stamen in the center of the bloom represent the Crown of Thorns that Jesus wore during the Crucifixion. So you see, everyone that walks by Beth’s Tree will always remember her faithfulness to her Lord, but more importantly, they will remember the faithfulness of her Lord to all of us.

Beth’s Memorial Plaque

One of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, also loved the Dogwood tree, as he grew them on the grounds of his Virginia estate in the 1770’s. This would perhaps influence the Virginia Legislature to adopt the Dogwood tree to be the official flower of the State of Virginia in 1918. Of course the Dogwood is not a flower, it is a tree, but interestingly enough, Virginia took care of that by making the Dogwood their official state tree. So my fiends, the Dogwood is far more than just another tree, just as Beth was far more than just another person. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and coworker who was held very dear by us all.

On behalf of the Flick and Baker families, I want to say thank you to ORAU for this display of love toward Beth and support for friends and family. We spend a large portion of our time at the workplace and what a blessing it is to have a work family that cares for one another in this way. God bless!

Keith Click
Secretary, Christian Heritage Fellowship

For Further Consideration

Suggested Resources, Studies in America's Christian Origin. Our list is not intended to be exhaustive, but a suggestive or recommended reading concerning America and the influence of Christianity upon the nation's origin and development. Given the fact that our tax-exempt status does not permit Christian Heritage Fellowship to commercially endorse the sale of products that do not originate within our organization, direct links are not provided from our selected reading materials.  Read more...
Stephen A. Flick, Ph.D., America's Founding Fathers and the Bible. Contrary to the contemporary mantra that America was birthed as a secular nation, the historical evidence demonstrates that America was founded by Christians who wished to enjoy the liberty to freely express their Christian faith. Lamentably, Christians have forgotten and neglected the Christian heritage bequeathed to them by America's Founding Fathers and have allowed secularists to disparage and deny what was given to them at such a great price. America's Founding Fathers and the Bible briefly describes a portion of America's Christian heritage, particularly during the rise of nationalism when America was shaping its national government.  Read more...
Stephen A. Flick, Ph.D., When the United States Capitol Was a Church. So deep and strong was the relationship of government to the Christian faith in America that the relationship was recognized in a variety of ways. Few realize that the United States Capitol was used as a church for years before it was used to convene the United States Congress. For nearly three-quarters of a century, the United States Capitol was used for church services. In fact, it became a meeting place for a number of churches in Washington, D. C. While secularists wish to keep this and many other similar historical facts quiet, the sincere Christian will wish to celebrate the spiritual heritage our Founding Fathers have bequeathed to us.  Read more...

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Keith Click was born and raised in Knoxville, TN and is married to Tammy–wife of nearly 40 years–who is also of Knoxville. Keith is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, majoring in Church history. In their spare time, Keith and Tammy enjoy motorcycle riding in beautiful East Tennessee. Together with Christian Heritage Fellowship, Keith is an advocate of the message of the Gospel and America’s Christian heritage.
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