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Mine Section 5 G.E.M.s to see God Expressed Meekly/Mightily in ALL! Here’s a CedarS application activity that we hope to be able to bring back to CedarS in our Bible Lands Park to bring to life Paul’s advice in Philippians 3:13: “…this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things that are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded; and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.” (Philippians 3:13- 15, B19)

Mary Baker Eddy echoes this life-lesson in Science & Health: “When we learn that error is not real, we shall be ready for progress, “forgetting those things that are behind.” (SH 353:22)

Hundreds of campers and staff have fun, hands-on memories of doing CedarS’ spiritual growth, “Tire Traversal” activity in the 1980s and ‘90s. Using two, side-by-side sets of 19 tires suspended on aircraft cables between a double sets of big trees on opposite shores of a cove of Crown Lake, we challenged campers to race a friend (or themselves) using the one piece of advice that Paul gives to perfection-seekers in his day and in ours. To get from to their destination on the far side of the cove, perfection-seekers needed to freely swing from the tire they were on and eagerly release it as they reached out for the next one— symbolically dropping the past and seizing the now in line with Paul’s Philippians 3:13 tip on how to be perfect.

However, one winter a visiting beaver community chewed through these trees and used them to make a home on Crown Lake! We have “forgotten” that loss in favor of “reaching out” to demonstrate an even better dream. We hope to one day to build (on power poles treated so as to NOT be tasty to beavers) twin, side-by-side Tire Traversals. They will be spiritual-growth teaching-tools in our Bible Lands Park near Philippi—serving as hands-on elements for a future, active tour of Paul’s journeys. These Tire Traversals are planned to span our Mediterranean Sea just north of Kayak Cove—between the Carthaginian and Sicilian peninsulas. Estimates figure to accomplish it for $7,000 (or less with some donated services & materials). We’re keeping our eyes on this prize to provide activities that teach Biblical life-lessons in fun, hands-on ways! [W. –2020 addition:] If you’re an angel wanting to help us love this dream into view, consider this project as an unselfish way for you to invest your 2020 economic stimulus deposit or tax-refund dollars. Just call us for more info or to donate at 636-394-6162!)

Enjoy a string of sparkling Prayer Watch GEMs posted daily this week on Facebook by Ken Cooper!

[W:] Somehow amid other demands of the day, I made the mistake of not seeing and posting the following string of GEMs that Ken Cooper emailed me on Monday! I feel horrible about this, but have decided to make it a teachable moment with a lesson to share from this week’s Bible Lesson.

I realize (or real-eyes) that Paul’s advice to the Philippians to be forward-looking instead of backward-looking applies to every mistake ever made — even to the (mis-)handing of a pandemic. Instead of bringing healing, getting caught-up in a blame game only reinforces the mental quackery of trying to heal a condition through Mind while believing it to be real. Paul tells us plainly to “do…this one thing” to come out “perfect” on the other side of any seeming disaster – “…forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things that are before…” Philippians 3:13, B19)

So, I am reaching out with a sincere aspiration that you will forgive “me, and mine, and all” all mistakes made as we “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Hymn 207:2, Philippians 3:14) Let’s be united in pressing forward instead of looking back with blame; let us pray that “if in anything… (we) be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this…” (B19, Phil. 3: 15)

Let’s also strive to behold and know “the end from the beginning.” (Misc. 208:23) Like Jesus, let’s behold “in Science the perfect man” and stay focused— with our “eyes on the prize”— on “perfect God and perfect man”—of perfect health and perfect economy, even while “endeavoring to reach” these “high goals.” (SH 476:32; 259:11; 426:7)

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