Farms and Air Bases


Dear Saints and Sinners,

Blessings to you this day in the name of Jesus our Lord!

My cousin’s son graduated yesterday from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. My extended family was kind enough to give my kids and I tickets (my wife, Amy, had to work as she is tasked with supporting the rest of us as we go on such adventures; I guess). It was an amazing day in many ways… The weather was perfect. The 1047 cadets marched in formation to their seats. There were more dignitaries than I had seen in one place before.

Some reflections on the day...

My cousin, Judy, and her husband Ron, flew in from where he is stationed in Germany to watch their son, Mark, graduate. Ron is a Colonel in the Air Force.

My dad loves to tell the story of when, one Christmas back in the 70’s, Uncle Raleigh (Judy’s Dad ) hooked my brother, Mark, up to one of those snow saucers with a rope tied to a 300 pound calf, and how my brother hung on for dear life . That was a great Christmas on the farm in Minnesota. At the post festivities’ luncheon, Dad found a way to tell this story once again.

Mark, my second cousin once removed, is now commissioned to serve as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. His first assignment will be in San Diego, CA.

Cousin Judy and her family are flying back to Germany on Saturday where they will live for another 2 months before moving to San Antonio, Texas. Ron will serve there for two and a half years until he can retire with 30 years of service to the Air Force.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the ceremony. Regardless of your politics, he is the Vice President (VP) of the USA, and to say you heard the VP in person is pretty cool. Biden charged the cadets with leading in this global community we all live in.

It seems much is being said today about “global community” or “worldviews”, but I think God had that perspective long before any politician. In Acts 2:1-14, we learn that people were being pulled together from all parts of the world,”…Galileans, Parthians, Medes, Elamites, Cretans, Arabs, on and on...” The Holy Spirit came with tongues of fire and let them each hear what was going on in their own language. There was a “…vision and a dream…” (Acts 2:17) that day that God planted in the hearts of all people.

This past Monday, Memorial Day, I prayed for soldiers everywhere, as I hope you did, that God might keep them safe, and that we might find a way for peace among all nations.

May peace start with our loved ones from farms in Minnesota, to air bases in San Diego, Germany, and San Antonio. Each of us is far more global than we know. May we see God’s loved ones in all the folks we meet, and even in our enemies.

“Above all , maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J Jensen

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