Beth’s Dogwood Tree: A Ceremony of Remembrance
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.
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.
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!
Secretary, Christian Heritage Fellowship
For Further Consideration
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