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PYCL: Bring juice boxes (1) Never be too busy to turn aside to see a bush burn or to part a Sea (2) Broaden Commandments & pledge to live them today in a vibrant way! (4)
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on
Life
for January 19, 2020

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

Pycl #1: Bring in some juice boxes to share. Look at the Golden Text together and ask what does it mean to be really truly thirsty? What does the Bible mean here by "my soul"? Mary Baker Eddy tells us that in cases like this, the word soul is most closely aligned with "spiritual sense". What is that? Well, you can look at what she says about spiritual sense in Science and Health, ("Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual good." "Spiritual sense is the conscious, constant capacity to understand God.") Or, if they are very young, talk about this in simple terms. "Can anyone see or "discern" things that are spiritual good?" Isn't love that is expressed by mom or dad something that we can see and feel? Isn't the beauty of nature that we see, or art, dance, athletics, music and so on, something that points to spiritual good? How about intelligence? You get the idea!

Now, how can we be "thirsty" for this spiritual awareness and understanding? If we were stuck all the time in a small room with blank walls, we might feel like we were not seeing or discerning spiritual good… but even then, if we are truly conscious, we can think about God's love and feel that goodness around us, within us. But when we are sad, angry, lonely, struggling in some way, we might really feel like we are "thirsting" for that spiritual sense, spiritual awareness of God's goodness. Now you can share those boxes of juice!

Pycl #2: I would want to talk about Moses and Jesus with the younger children this week! We have the story of Moses seeing the burning bush, and we have him leading the Children of Israel through the Red Sea. Talk about what Moses saw in that first story. The bush was surrounded with a fire that did not consume it!! Would they stop to look at something like that? Why did he have to take off his shoes? What did that represent? A fire might be thought of as representing "life". In this case it was "self-sustaining", like Life/God!

Are there things that God is showing us that we are not "noticing"? Why or why not? What might make us not even see something that God/Life is revealing to us? If we are too busy running around "doing" things, maybe we won't have our eyes open to these "burning bushes". I happen to think that these eye openers are really all around us, God is telling us that He is present, lively, living, active, powerful, even beautiful. We just have to "turn aside", ask questions, notice, be conscious, in order to see these "signs".

Then we have the story of the parting of the Red Sea. Isn't this more "visible" evidence of Life's power? Notice that God leads them, sustains, supports, literally keeps them alive as they wander through the wilderness? Also, that they are led, at night, by a pillar of fire! (Again, visible, discernable evidence that God is our very Life.) I love that God tells Moses here to "stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord…"

Again, we are needing to "stand still", not be too "busy" with life, with thoughts, with disruptive emotions, to be able to really see or discern the living power of God/Life. It would be fun to talk with them about the symbolism that Mary Baker Eddy points out about the Red Sea (human fear), and the wilderness (desert of human hopes) (S7). Does it seem scary to them to walk through a passage between two huge walls of water? I think it might have been tempting to be scared! Can we trust God to lead us safely every day still? You can continue this discussion with other ways that God provided life to these people as they walked in the form of water and daily Manna! Not even their shoes wore out!!

Pycl #3: I love the story of Moses asking for God's name. God's answer is "I AM". This answer of being the only "I", helps us understand more about how we reflect the one, eternal, Being, who is Life. Try having them do the simple exercise of putting "God" in place of anything that they might be tempted to say about themselves. For example, if we say "I am sad", we would really have to say "God is sad". Use Life here instead of God. If we were to say "I am tired", then we'd have to say "Life is tired", if there is only one I AM. They may have fun trying this with any number of phrases. The ones that have spiritual qualities work perfectly!!

Pycl #4: More than anyone else, Jesus taught us what it means to really live in a vibrant, spiritually good way. In Section 4 he points out that when we are not really living, not discerning what it means to be following the path of Life if we are angry and judgmental with those around us. Jesus took the Commandment, "Thou shalt not kill", and made it more alive for us today, by showing that it means much more than not literally killing others. Have some fun thinking about why Jesus revealed it to be a broader Commandment. Why did he do this? How does it help us today? [W: Broaden Commandments and pledge to live them today in a vibrant way! See PS and Downloads.]

Now you can look together at the next story with Jesus helping the men that brought the woman to him to judge according to Judaic law. What does he do here? What does this say about our subject this week? What does it say about how we live among one another? Have the children think together about whether there has ever been a time when they have a friend that did something that hurt their feelings. Maybe they involved some other friends at school by telling them how "mean" that friend was? How does this story tell us to treat people who have made mistakes? What questions should we be asking ourselves?

Pycl #5: Now, what does the transfiguration tell us about life? (Discuss that term). Who did the disciples see talking to Jesus? What does that say about the life of Moses and Elias? What does that tell us about our own lives? Why did his face shine? Can we shine with this Life? How? Make a list together. What does light have to do with life?

Have a look at what Mary Baker Eddy tells us in citation S26: Time=mortal thought, Eternity=God's measurement of Soul filled years. What does this mean? If we are living in awareness of ourselves as spiritual expressions—using our spiritual senses, then there is no time (eternity is not a "really long time"!). When we are not thinking with spiritual sense, discernment, we then are using time, or mortal thought to evaluate what we are taking in.

Have a great week in Sunday School!!

[P.S. links from Warren (as Moses in CedarS Bible Lands Park): Pledge (possibly unexpected) ways to be blessed by daily keeping the Ten Commandments. (See and “Your 10 Commandment Pledges” as a Downloadable PDF on CedarS Mets webpage.
Also fun for anyone with a tablet or storage in the cloud:
Click the link below to see a picture with this caption:
“Technically, Moses was the first person with a tablet to download data from the cloud.”
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/39/a6/b2/39a6b2a826d9384889631aba8e90b2a0.jpg ]

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