The tree of life has beautiful blossoms, Dear Lord Jesus, You have beautiful blood-red blossoms. What red flowers spring from Your hands! What red roses bloom from Your feet! What red buds I see in Your opened side! How beautiful all Your scars bloom! I will remember this whenever I see the red blossoms of the apple tree pushing out. Your blossoms were red because You wished to offer an antidote to the apples that Adam and Eve ate in sin. You bore apples of life against the apples of death. This is why the infant Jesus used to be painted holding an apple in His tiny hand.
The Great Works of God
Part I: Genesis 1-3
Valerius Herberger (trans. Matthew Carver)