JONATHAN C DOW

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 . . .

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June 06, 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

How Is It With Your Soul?

Just before leaving for church on Easter Sunday morning, I grabbed my dress shoes from the closet. Looking them over to see how scuffed up they were, I noticed that there was a stone wedged in the sole of one of my shoes.

Carefully working to remove this stone in my sole, a not so humorous pun came to mind. I began to think about how . . .

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April 01, 2016

Mystery Ingredients

One of the TV shows my family enjoys watching is called “Chopped.” This cooking competition features four chefs who each must prepare an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. At the beginning of each course, the chefs are presented with a basket of three "mystery ingredients" that must be included. The additional twist in the show is that . . .

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February 09, 2016

Reestablishing Lost Connection

One of the recent Facebook updates that I have come to appreciate is a pop-up indicating “Reestablishing Lost Connection.” This appears when my phone service switches from cellular to wifi and vice versa. While I believe the app’s creators are seeking to appease user impatience, the true value in the message is found in the divine reminder it . . .

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December 23, 2015

What Are You Carrying?

[This blog entry first appeared as an article written for Seedbed's Soul Care Collective. The vision of the collective is to provide resources designed to encourage individuals in personal soul care and to equip them to care for others within the context of their own vocation, all from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective. Please visit them . . .

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November 12, 2015

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