In the story Jayber is talking about his new life at the edge of the river. "And then I take clean clothes, soap, and a towel, and go down to the water. I lay the clean clothes and the towel on the bow of the boat and strip off my sweaty things. Carrying the soap, I wade out until the water is up to my chin. I soap my head and face. As I wade back toward the shore, I soap the rest of my body as it emerges. I sit on the gunnel of the boat and soap my feet. Then I put down the soap, stand up, take two steps, dive, and swim down into the dark to the limit of my breath. When I wade out again, I am cool and clean, delighted as a risen soul."
When I read it, I thought of the imagery of Paul as he wrote about, "taking off...putting on." I thought about some of the great moments shared with folks at the baptismal water. I finished the words and said "Amen...and Wow!"