Spanish Moss and Sin

Spanish Moss and Sin
Spanish moss.  Have you ever seen it?   Maybe you’ve even bought it at your local craft store for projects.  We have it all over the place where I live.  I’ve always found it a bit creepy particularly in the winter. 
Spanish moss doesn’t typically harm the trees but can smother the leaves so they don’t get sunshine.  Birds and wind carry it from tree to tree transplanting it and the moss seems to like certain types of trees to take root in more than others. 

During Lent and into Easter, I kept passing this dogwood tree while driving to and from town and something about the contrast of the dogwood blossoms and the moss made me think about sin.

A dogwood blossom has a story attached to it.  As the story goes, the four corners of a dogwood flower represent the four points of a cross, the rusty tips of the blossom represent the nails and the red berries represent the blood of Jesus. 

When I look at this tree, I see the dogwood representing a Christian on their journey with Christ and the moss as the sin that can so easily entangle.  I see myself represented.  A person forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ but a person who still struggles all the same.  The “moss” still hangs on in some areas.  In fact, I can hide it as this moss will be hidden when the leaves turn out but its still there.  Isn’t that like us?  We want to present a beautiful picture to the world even though we’re hiding the things about us that are ugly, creepy, sinful.

Sometimes, my choice to sin affects others and like the moss carried by the birds or the wind can take up residence in another tree so my sin also has an impact on others.  I can infect them with my attitudes and behavior.

And like the moss that can rob a tree from its vital sunshine, if I’m not careful in my walk with Jesus, I can find sin carrying me away from His vital light.   In 1 John 1:5-7,  the Bible says,

“…God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 

Spanish moss and sin might seem a strange pairing but the visual imagery resonates. 
Today, I hope to make more mindful choices and remove some of the “moss.”



“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 
 Romans 6:23 NIV Bible

1 thought on “Spanish Moss and Sin

  1. We have dogwoods…six of them. But I have never seen one with moss in it. As you know, I've seen lots in my day, though! What a great analogy! I think it's a perfect pairing. Thank you for the thought today. {I know I'm a few days late…catching up with the blogging world tonight} 🙂

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