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“Life”
for Sunday, January 21, 2024

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, of House Springs, MO
kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com • 314-406-0041


PYCL #1: Use synonyms to clarify our concept of God 

We are off and running with our 2024, round one, of our series of synonym Bible Lessons. Think about whether you wish to make a long-term project of some kind. If you want to roll back to the most recent synonym ones from last summer have mentioned some ideas for this in many past PYCLs and you can find past ones on webpage(s) for the Possible Younger Class Lessons on cedarscamps.org website .

Why do we have synonyms? Why not just call God “God”?
One thing synonyms are really great for is getting a deeper sense of God as Spirit, because “Life”, for example, does not sound like a “being”, the way that “God” does. God/Life is the law of, and the consciousness of, spiritual, eternal, infinite, Life. It is the way that Life is expressed as man.

The more we can use the synonyms in this way as we refer to God, the clearer that our concept of God becomes! Try cutting out a large paper “L” for “Life”. Have the students fill it with as many qualities of Life that they can come up with. (Joy, energy, liveliness, strength, flexibility, eternity, alertness, awakeness, vigor, and so on.) They can add to it in coming weeks if they think of more. As you go through the synonyms you will add a letter each week and pin them to the wall of your classroom.

With the littles then, consider memorizing any song about the synonyms. You can make up one, or sing one to the tune of “Doe, a deer” from “The Sound of Music”. I have some recordings of this one from summer camp at Cedars over the past two summers during the morning prac talks.   https://cedarscamps.org/inspiration/article/july-1-prac-talk-by-kerry-jenkins-with-synonym-song-art-serendipity-sharing-to-see-god/ Here’s a link to the talk where the Whippoorwils sang their synonym song.  I hope it is clear enough to learn from this recording!  There is another version that was sung by the “Solo Committee” as well.


PYCL #2: Spiritual eternal Life is not life in matter.

I think it might be helpful to make this clear. We are talking strictly about the one true, eternal spiritual man that is reflecting infinite Being. This is a man we glimpse now and again when we find that our limiting  thoughts are erased, or we have a beautiful healing that goes against the so-called “laws of matter”. When we start to glimpse some of our nature as this true man, we find the infinite blessings that are mentioned in the Golden Text and Responsive Reading. When we look into the Life that is God, we see real, unlimited life reflected back. The statement at the end of the Responsive Reading from Ps. 3:9 “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.” gives us something we can rewrite creatively. ” For example: In Your Mind we see unlimited intelligence, insight, inspiration. In Your Love we see tenderness, gentleness, healing power, protection…In You as Soul, we see infinite creative beauty, color, individuality and spiritual identity. You get the idea! We see the true nature and quality of man by looking into the “light” of God, rather than into matter more deeply.


PYCL #3: Recognize that we are choosing life right now!

In citation B3/Deut. 30:9, 14-16, 19, 20 we have the passage where God is telling the Children of Israel that He has put before them “…life and good, and death and evil…”. As I’ve pondered this passage this week, it seems that we are always faced with the seeming option of being happy with the material dream, or devoting ourselves to searching out the true nature of reality, including God and man. This might seem a bit much for little children to think of. But you can talk about the choices we can make each day to contribute to deeper love, intelligence, joy, and peace, versus choosing to gossip, worry, be angry, or resentful, for example. When we are choosing to look into the “light” of Life/God (as mentioned in the previous PYCL) we see more of those great choices that are available to us!

In the Science and Health portion of this section (Section 1) we have ample explanations of how we are to know God as Life in order that we may know to choose that path. (citation S1/496:9 (only), cit. S2/330:11-12, cit. S3/487:27, especially this one where we are told “Our proportionate admission…” reminds me of that idea of “choosing life” (cit. S4/167:6; cit. S5/322:322:26-30; cit. S6/264:24). That last citation reminds us that it is through “Spiritual living and blessedness…” that we learn to recognize that we are choosing life right now!


PYCL #4: Have the children set up a “little room” for Elisha.

How is the Shunammite woman “choosing Life”? (cit. B7/2 Kings 4:8-12 (to first .), 14-17) What does she notice about Elisha? How does she make room for him in her “house”, her consciousness?

You can bring in props to have the children set up a “little room” for Elisha. What might a candlestick represent? How about a bed? Look together at Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of “Elias” on p. 585 in Science & Health. Elias technically refers to Elijah, but we can link those two great prophets with this definition. Can we each possess these qualities of spiritual sense, or do they belong to a person long gone? In citation B8/2 Kings 4:18-36, we have the woman’s child dying in her lap.
Why doesn’t she tell Gehazi that the child died?
There is only speculation here, so no really wrong answers…
I’ve wondered if it is because she will not admit that this blessing or gift of Life can be taken away from her. I also wonder if she is holding to her vision of Life and will not state anything the opposite.
She grabs Elisha by the feet and tells him she will not leave him.
Is she telling him that she will not leave her vision of Life as present and powerful?


PYCL #5: Like Jesus at Nain (cit. B11/Luke 7:11+), have more of those “moments” of consciousness that “resurrect” or lift us out of the restrictive beliefs of life in matter. (cit. S21/14:12+)

As you share the story of Jesus raising a widow’s son at Nain in citation B11/Luke 7:11-16, you can talk about the background of this situation. This woman was a widow, no husband, who’d lost her only son. In those days it was not often that a woman could own property. All her holdings would have gone to the nearest male relative and she’d have been forced to beg or even to prostitute herself. Jesus saw this need and responded with such love as to raise her son from death. How did he do this?
Was he seeing a dead man and fixing that situation? Could we look at it maybe from the standpoint of deep compassion with only the intention of witnessing the infinite well of Love that was there in that moment for this woman, and it took the form of bringing back her son?

Mary Baker Eddy tells us in citation S21/14:12-18 “Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual,–neither in nor of matter,– and the body will then utter no complaints.” How do we have more of those “moments” of consciousness that “resurrect” or lift us out of the restrictive beliefs of life in matter?


Have fun in Sunday School this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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