Jonathan-c-dow_large

Jonathan C Dow

Re-hear-sal

One of the activities I have enjoyed over the last 27 years is choir rehearsal. Week in and week out, I have been privileged to spend time with passionate people who not only are diligent to learn notes, rhythms, and mechanics of singing, but also are eager to discover attributes of God reflected in the text of the songs we sing.

Recently, . . .

Read More

November 24, 2016

Entry Points of Grace

"Hey, can you hold the door for Me?"

Not too long ago, my wife and I drove to a place to which we had never been. A sense of uneasiness crept in as unanticipated traffic slowly drained the surplus time before our scheduled appointment. The stress increased when our GPS unashamedly proclaimed, “you have arrived” when we clearly had not. Trying to maximize our . . .

Read More

November 12, 2016

Go Online

An uber, Uber Lesson

Recently, my wife and I had a long overdue dinner with friends. While catching up, we discovered that one of them had become an Uber driver. Having heard so much about it, I was curious to hear what the Uber experience was like from the driver’s perspective. Primary in my mind was this question, “How do people find you?” . . .

Read More

October 21, 2016

Your Days of Hiding are Over

Not too long ago, I quietly slid into a pew after arriving late to a worship experience. The service had begun almost an hour prior to my work shift ending, but I went anyway, hungry for fellowship with God and with God’s people. Settling in, I gratefully engaged as people gathered in prayer around a particular individual. As they . . .

Read More

October 09, 2016

Look Up

A Simple Lesson from a Near-Miss

One of my recent challenges has been learning to navigate the complicated maze of hallways in an extremely large complex. After my second near-miss employee collision, I began to pause and listen for footsteps as I approached hallway intersections. While this hesitation method was definitely more successful, it was not foolproof.

Recently, . . .

Read More

September 19, 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.

. . .

Read More

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 . . .

Read More

July 30, 2016

Archive