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Jonathan C Dow

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 . . .

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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, . . .

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September 19, 2016

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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

Back to the Recipe

When my children come home for a weekend, I often make pancakes on Saturday morning. I usually double the recipe to ensure we have plenty, including an extra one for the dog who faithfully waits by the griddle in hopeful expectation.

Over the years, it has been my practice to assemble all of the dry ingredients in one bowl and all of the wet . . .

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June 06, 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

A Faucet Lesson

“For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the Lord”  [Habakkuk 2:14 NLT]

One of the cries of my heart is that God would reveal and demonstrate His glory in and through me. As I interact with people, I want them to become aware of the glory of the Lord. Why? . . .

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May 01, 2016

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