All day long, Thomas Oden’s declaration has been running through my head: “Everyone needs a bath and a meal!” I kept repeating it to myself as I installed the tub faucet and shower head. In fact, after about an hour of work, I could have just turned the water on–cold, mind you–and taken a bath. But its not yet time for that.
The week began on Monday with installing the fresh water lines–what a way to spend Memorial Day (We did have a cook out in the evening with the Philip Going family). Finished that up on Wednesday and began hanging drywall on the walls of the two bathrooms–the master bath and the laundry/half-bath. I had to remove and frame in the open space from two window and a door in order to make the laundry/half-bath.
Before the drywall could be hung in the half-bath, I had to finish some electric wiring, so wrapped that up on Friday. Now it was time to begin hanging the 22 sheets of drywall that I had purchased on Wednesday.
Oh, yeah, remember: “everyone needs a bath and a meal!”
By LATE Friday evening, I had completed the drywall installation on the walls in both bathrooms. Since we want to finish those two rooms first, I worked all day today in those rooms–finishing some electrical hooks, installing the tub/shower faucet, and then taping the drywall joints. These tasks give much greater satisfaction than busting out old plaster and removing stud walls. FINALLY, it seems that we’re making some progress.
So, tonight as I write this update, the joint compound is drying on the drywall. Next will come the joint finishing of the walls and ceiling. Then priming and painting the rooms. Then the tile flooring followed by installing and painting the trim. Then mounting the lights and electrical outlets. Then setting the toilets and lavatories in place. Then moving in the dryer and washer. Then installing the storage cabinets. Wow! There’s more to do that than meets the eye.
EVERYONE needs a bath and a meal! So says Thomas Oden.
Okay, let me explain. In his noteworthy textbook, Pastoral Theology, Methodist theological Thomas Oden used this expression in introducing his discussion of the theological significance of baptism and communion. In Christian baptism, penitent sinners find they faith in the forgiveness and mercy of God to be as refreshing as a cleansing bath! In Christian communion, those who come to Christ’s table in faith enjoy a spiritual meal that nourishes the soul. A bath and a meal! Two sacred moments in the Christian walk.
There I sat in the dry bathtub installing the faucet and shower hardware pondering the notion that “everyone needs a bath and a meal.” Soon, Dianne and I will have facilities to provide both for our family and guests. And my prayer is that you and I will also regularly enjoy that spiritual bath and meal that the Lord Jesus so graciously offers to his children.
Enjoy your bath and meal! Goodnight.