JONATHAN C DOW

Three Minute Miracle... or Maybe Not

On a recent stroll through the aisles of a discount department store, I came across a large endcap displaying a product called “3 Minute Miracle.” I chuckled, admiring the ample supply of divine favor in shiny-golden tubes at never-before-seen prices.

Further reflection, however, brought an unexpected weightiness as I thought . . .

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May 25, 2017

Pest Control

I am grateful for the tree-lined sidewalks I traverse most every day to work. This quiet path provides a final opportunity to quiet my heart and mind before the intensity of the day begins.
 
One morning as I emerged from the staff parking garage into brilliant sunshine, my attention was immediately drawn to the sound of . . .

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February 21, 2017

"End of Cycle"

Reflections Inspired by an Old Clothes Dryer

Our 15-year-old dryer has an “End of Cycle” signal. When set to “on,” the dryer emits a piercing, five-second buzz at the completion of the cycle. Let me simply say, when the cycle is over, you know it!

I am mindful, however, that we are not always offered this luxury in life and in ministry. The One who . . .

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January 21, 2017

You're a Gem

Not too long ago I subbed for a dear friend who served as a church musician. In retrospect, knowing the caliber of his musicianship, his passion for excellence, and his vast artistic experience, I foolishly made assumptions about the environment in which he regularly ministered as the Director of Music.

As I sat with the congregation . . .

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December 14, 2016

Partial Download

Grace between "Initially" and "Eventually"

One of the variables of working in a large city is traffic. Accidents, construction, and erratic drivers all can contribute to a stressful commute. So, anticipating delay on my daily 21 mile drive into downtown Nashville, I intentionally leave my home early. Most of the time, by the grace of God, I arrive with a little time to spare.

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September 03, 2016

Hurt and Profit

An Unexpected Highway Incident

Recently while traveling on an interstate, a vehicle zoomed by me that lassoed my meandering thoughts. Having been on the road for 7 hours, I was a bit tired. While some of the weariness was indeed physical, there was more to it. My heart was numb with murky melancholy thinking about the anniversary of my sister’s untimely death, saying . . .

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July 30, 2016

A Dining Room Experience

A Sample Devotional from "31 Days of Encouragement"

When we were first married, my wife and I decided to set the table with a fancy wedding gift we received. This beautiful set of six crystal goblets was stored in a specially made carton in our dining room. When I pulled the carton from the shelf, the bottom dropped out and all six goblets shattered on the dining room floor. The long and . . .

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May 13, 2016

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