What an all-encompassing Transfiguration Sunday! Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and Scout Sunday! Topped off with an Infant Baptism.
Charles Spurgeon calls this psalm “the song of the Astronomer”, as gazing at the heavens inspires the psalmist to meditate on God’s creation and humanity’s place in it.
In this psalm David reflects upon God’s majesty that is displayed in the creation. The heavens declare God’s glory. Against the backdrop of such glory, humanity seems insignificant, yet God chose them to rule the earth and all its creatures. By giving humanity this awesome responsibility, God has crowned them with glory and honor. The psalm has a messianic tone, because Jesus Christ became a little lower than the angels by becoming a human being. Someday, when Jesus rules the world, he will restore the dominion Adam lost. All nature, including all humanity, will submit to Jesus’ rule. The psalm ends as it began with a declaration of the Lord’s majestic name in all the earth.
“O LORD, our Lord!” What a sweetness lies in the little word our; how much is God’s glory endeared to us, when we consider our interest in him as our Lord and Savior.
“How excellent is your name!” no words can express that excellency; and therefore, it is left as a note of exclamation. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
With the sincerest and humblest appreciation for all the prayers, texts, cards, phone calls, and spiritual presence around Martin’s hospital bed. The Great Physician is still on call as we continue to pray for restorative healing, renewing of mind, body, and soul, interlaced with strength and courage to move Martin forward on this lengthy path of recovery.
A week ago, Martin suffered an Ischemic Stroke caused by a blood infection. The stroke affected the left side of his brain and body. His speech is slowly returning with one or two words; mainly yes or no; cognitive Impairment is still present. The source of the infection is a bacterial infection of the mitral valve in the heart. The routine treatment would be to replace the valve. Unfortunately, Martin is not a good candidate for surgery at this time. We’re praying that an intensive course of intravenous antibiotics for an extensive period of time will cure the site or at least give his other comorbidity concerns a chance to improve. We’re hoping to begin rehabilitation to get his strength back.
I send my love and gratitude to my older brother Eric, who stopped everything to come and care for me this past week. He was my source of strength, courage, and hope. Biancha, Robert, Sophia, Nicolas, and Jillian – love you all! And to my younger brother Anthony, Martin’s sisters, Cindy and Kim, and our families – from coast to coast – we thank you.
I pray for my blessed and divine love, Martin, the one dear Lord you are holding at this time in your loving arms. Bless the work of the doctors, surgeons and hospital staff, and bring the power of your restoration into mind and body. We believe that deliverance and complete recovery will occur; no healing is too hard if it be Your will. Come fill Martin from top to toe with your restorative Spirit. May your resurrection life bring healing and wellness into his being. May your grace carry Martin through this hard time into a new season filled with hope and joy. In the name of Jesus, we humbly pray. Amen.
Rev. Clarissa Martinelli
Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC
323 South Fifth Avenue
West Bend, WI
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful
beyond measure. I am a child of God.” marianne williamison