Proposed as a tribute to the late science fiction author [[Douglas Adams]] it has been proposed that may 25:th should be proclaimed intergalactic [[towel day]]!
In his legendary sci-fi classic [[The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy]] Douglas Adams describes a towel as:
A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical
value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
With this I do not only concur but I also extend the invitation to all of you Christians out there who know that Christians should not only wear their towel every day but that we should also be using it every day!
As we all know the Bible explicitly tells us to wear a towel and to be ready to use it (Luke 12:35) and as disciples of Jesus we are honor bound to follow His example (John 13:4-5).
We are called to wait upon the Lord, and as my good friend Raunard Brown told me, What does a waiter do? In terms of this article, how does he wear his towel? The answer being blatantly obvious, a waiter waits upon his charge, he wears his towel about his person or over his arm to announs a state of readiness, readiness to serve.
So today lets all pick up our towels and let servanthood, mercy, grace and love be our weapons as we go into battle against injustice!
Heres a few tips on how to celebrate towel day!
- Wear a towel about you all day
- Shine peoples shoes (the modern equivalent of washing feet) and wipe with towel
go into the bank, post office or train station where peoplw are sitting and waiting anyways
- Wash peoples hands and dry with the towel.
- Give it to a homeless person and go home and get a new one.
- Lend it to a mother whose child has made a mess.
- Dry someones tears with it.
- Use it in any way possible to convey Gods love and care!
Happy Towel Day!