Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Blessed Thanksgiving to all of you!

The big news this travel season is the TSA’s (Transportation Safety Administration) right to scan, or pat down your body prior to you getting on a plane. It all raises that interesting debate to which there is no definitive answer “How much am I to allow for a personal invasion of privacy, in order for there to be national security?” It is a good question. It has made for some interesting conversations among national pundits, and with our friends in coffee shops.

However much the airports' full body scans lays bare, they are only skin deep. The light they emit cannot penetrate into our mind, our heart, our spirit. Nor can they reveal the intentions, the desires, the hopes, the fears, the virtues, the vices that we harbor within ourselves.

It takes a different kind of light to get under our skin and into our soul. Living fully exposed in that light is what Paul urged the Roman Christians to do “…the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light (Romans 13:12.)” Jesus' followers are to live in the light of a new day, a new reality where the redemptive work of Christ illuminates a dark world. Christ –light reveals everything. No compulsion is dark enough , to escape Christ’s light.

Likewise, no act of love is too small, no words of forgiveness too soft, no feelings of compassion to subtle , to be caught in the gleam of Christ –light.

And yet , Christ’s response to that full soul scan is not to declare judgment, pronounce doom, or laugh historically. When we allow the light of Christ to scan our souls and dare to bare our faults and blemishes, Jesus offers forgiveness, redemption, and salvation.

The debate will go on for some time to come,”Do we give thanks for TSA body scans or not?”

What is without debate is that we can come to God with Thanksgiving that our soul scan has been read. And Jesus embraces us with mercy and everlasting love!

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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