The Gospel According to Temperance Brennan: "Bones Tell the Truth"

The TV show began with the appearance of a blond-haird teenage girl, covered in blood and carrying a knife. With 46 minutes remaining in this episode of the crime-drama, Bones, we can rest assured that there is more to the story.

We discover that "Jane Doe" is deaf. An advocate who knows sign language comes in to help. The FBI questions Jane. She refuses to cooperate. Dr. Temperance Brennan, the crime-solving scientist with her own complex past, assumes that the girl is guilty of murder. Her team of scientists and FBI agents gather as much evidence as they can without Jane's help.

Of course, there are twists and turns. Since Jane will not communicate with the investigators, and television shows can do the impossible in a 47-minute show, Dr. Brennan takes an X-ray of the girl's hand to learn more about her.

Jane Doe's past unravels. Brennan uncovers a history of physical abuse. Questions about the girl's family develop. All the while, Jane Doe doesn't speak and rarely signs. But in her silence, the bones speak.

Dr. Brennan, filled with empathy and compassion for the teenager, sits across the table from her. She shares what the scientists have learned from her X-rays.

Jane Doe rapidly signs, "No one will believe me. Nobody ever believes me."

Brennan replies, "I know how it feels not to trust anyone ... People lie ... but bones tell the truth."

No matter how far-fetched the technology of a crime drama, in its "bones" we can find a real God.

Truth is tricky in our world. People lie. Deceit is rampant. Questions outweigh answers. One person's word clashes with another's. How do we distinguish truth from fiction, not just in the justice system of television but also in our relationships, churches, and communities? Where do we find truth?

13 For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

(Psalm 139:13-15, New Revised Standard Version)

The truth in our bones is that Truth created our bones. People will let us down; trust is difficult to develop. But we learn how to trust, how to discern, how to live, by daring to trust in the One who created us. Just as bones always reveal the truth to Dr. Brennan in her pursuit of justice, God is as close as the bones under our skin to reveal his love and justice to us. Will you trust him to teach you the Truth? Only in trusting God do we truly learn to trust one another.

all good things to each of you,
Pastor Darian

* This episode of Bones is entitled "The Signs in the Silence" and originally aired in season 6. For a summary of and link to the episode, click here for the Internet Movie Database.