"The Last Leaf" by O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) tells of two women in a Greenwich Village flat and their neighbor, an aging artist named Behrman, who dreams of painting a masterpiece. When one of the women is stricken with pneumonia, she ties her fate to a leaf of ivy visible through the window from her bed. "When the last one goes, I must go, too," she says. But the leaf hangs and she recovers. Only after she has regained her health does she learn that Behrman has painted the leaf, his masterpiece, on the wall facing her window, and that he succumbed to pneumonia from the effort.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.