Photo and Commentary ©2022 by Maylan Schurch
Sabbath & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2022

Speaking of bookstores (as I did in yesterday’s Photo Parable), Shelley and I fondly remember the now-shuttered Lifeway Christian Store near the Southcenter Mall in Tukwila. Prior to that, it had been a Family Christian Store, and in both formats it sold an impressive array of Christian devotional and reference works, though over time general Christian merchandise (coffee mugs with Bible verses, cross-shaped jewelry, and large inspirational paintings) began to encroach on the book section. And finally the Lifeway chain closed for good, pretty much all across the nation.

Not long ago Shelley and I were in that area, and while she was shopping at another store, I strolled over to where Lifeway had been. I saw what you see above—by an interesting coincidence, what used to be a store honoring Jesus the Nazareth carpenter is now a high-end carpentry-supply shop!

There’s something very relatable in remembering that the God who became Man spent the first thirty years of His life helping His adoptive dad create and repair useful, everyday items for human homes.

And once He’d washed the sawdust off His callused hands and started His three-year teaching ministry, He never forgot the ordinary people He was talking to. His parables spoke of lamps and salt and logs and garment-patches and wineskins and sowing and reaping and yeast and birds and flowers, and much more.

At the following link you’ll find a Bible-text biography of your Creator and Savior. Take a few minutes to get reacquainted with Him!