My wife came into the kitchen and found water across the kitchen counter. She cleaned it up. Returning to the kitchen sometime later, she found the water returned and flooded the kitchen counter. She shut off the water under the sink.
She called me in a state of panic.
We had our counters repaired some time ago and a new faucet was installed with the countertops. The problem was I didn’t know the name of the manufacturer.
My wife called the installer and learned it was a Premiere. She called the faucet manufacturer and ordered the part. The technician explained the top of the faucet just popped off. Below that is a screw you remove. The faucet then comes apart quickly.
The part arrived, and I panicked. Water repairs scare me. I don’t mind doing electrical or carpentry, but plumbing frightens me. My brother-in-law was coming over in a few days. He is very handy so I was going to let him do the repair.
Feeling like a “moose,” I decided to attempt the repair on the faucet. I tried to remove the top, but it wouldn’t come off. I put a knife in the space between the top and the faucet and twisted the knife. Nothing happened. I put two knives under it and it still wouldn’t come off.
My wife suggested I unscrew the cap. In classic male style, I reminded her I knew better than her and it was not a “screw on” cap. It just snapped off. Isn’t that what the faucet technician told her? Remember this point. It’s pivotal.
I marched to the garage and grabbed every tool I could think of that would remove the top. I knew one of them would remove the cap from the faucet. No such luck. I called the manufacturer and spoke to a repair technician. He had no idea how to remove the top.
There it sat on the counter top, the faucet, laughing at me.
Saturday, my brother-in-law arrived. Hope had come to our home. He tried but nothing happened. He grabbed the knife and shoved it under the cap. It would not come off.
Every attempt he made didn’t work. Finally, he went into the garage and grabbed a pair of channel lock pliers. He wrapped the jaws in masking tape. He put these “padded” jaws on the cap. It unscrewed from the faucet. He removed the screw, replaced the worn valve, replaced the screw, screwed on the cap, turned on the water and all was well.
I tell everyone I have the spiritual gift of taking the simple and confusing everyone. I think we have done the same with Christianity. It’s really quite simple. Yet, we’ve made it so very complicated with rules and behavior that is either acceptable or not. It’s simple. God loves us. He demonstrated that love by sending his Son Jesus to die for us. We receive His forgiveness and new life “by faith.” That’s it. “by faith.”
As I said, we make Christianity complicated. It’s not. It’s very simple.
I’ll be back soon. Until then, live well my friend.
The Rev. Tony Marciano is the president/CEO of the Charlotte Rescue Mission.