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PYCL: Be firm in the right … (2) illustrate a change of base or foundation (6)
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

Mind
for February 23, 2020

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

Pycl #1: Think together about this synonym and what it really hints at. Mind is often thought of as the creator, why? Isn't it because we need to think, ponder, invent and so on, to be creative? When we write, draw, play music, sports…we have a "concept" of what we want to make, how we want to play and so on. This conception is a reflection of Mind.

And I love that Mary Baker Eddy tells us in on page 6 of Science & Health (citation S6) that "God is not separate from the wisdom he bestows." That means to me that we are not wise on our own. You might ask the students to write that sentence in citation S6 in their own words, how might they phrase that sentence? Why is Mind a necessary synonym? What would we be missing without it?

Another word to think about is found on page 128 of Science & Health (citation S9) where we are told that Science develops "latent" abilities… This means that they already exist in Mind's ideas, they are just—as yet—unseen!

Pycl #2: The story of Joseph interpreting Pharaoh's dream is in citation B6, Genesis 41: 1-57. What does this story tell us today, in our lives? Can we do such things as this? [Yes! Warren will email you a Bonus G.E.M. this week as an Answered Prayer (A.P.) History example applied during a final exam week.]

There are a couple of references to God's government in this section (citations S7 and S11). If we are governed by Mind, then we can expect to govern ourselves and others wisely. We can expect to see God's government in fairness, foresight, wisdom and so on.

Do we need to know what paths to take in any given day? What do you think would happen if we remembered that we don't have wisdom "on our own", but that all wisdom is from Mind, so that we are one with that Mind? Wouldn't this make you more certain—more able to "be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs" [SH 393:16, S11] —when you pause to remember this fact before you embark on your busy days at school, or wherever you are going?

Can you share an example from your life where you were able to see what needed to be done, as Joseph did in this story, and to act on it in such a way as to "save" yourself or others from something, be it extra work, a difficult activity, or even an accident?

Something to ponder [about firm foundations] ….do they think that Joseph was "firm" in his understanding that God governed? (SH 393:16, S11) Can we be firm in this way?

[W: My being “firm in (my) understanding…” after an appendicitis healing was a key to my victory over the unknown in the exam-time exam-ple will be shared in this week’s Bonus G.E.M. (to follow)… I found it very helpful to find out that: “Refusal” is the term used by soil scientists for when their soil-boring auger reaches rock that is suitable for the firm foundation of a building; and that Mary Kimball Morgan defines Love as “firmness in the right.” (“Education at the Principia”)

Pycl #3: Look at citation B8 [Psalm 37:3] and break it down into parts. What does it mean to us today to "trust in the Lord"? To "do good"? To "dwell in the land"? Or to "be fed"? Is our trust blind? Was Joseph's? What land was the Psalmist talking about? (Think Promised Land, and what that symbolizes today). Does being "fed" just simply mean getting food? How would God "feed" us? Would we get ideas from Mind? Wisdom? Guidance? Government? I think you could make some lists together about what actions we take in a day that illustrate these ideas in this Bible verse.

Pycl #4: There are many fun ways to illustrate the wisdom of building on rock instead of sand. You can bring in a bin of actual sand and build some structures in the sand and ruin them by pouring water on them. You can illustrate the rock by bringing some blocks and building on the table, representing the rock. Discuss the idea of what it means to "dig down to bedrock" and build the foundation on that. What does this digging represent or symbolize? What does the rock symbolize? The rock can be thought of as the Christ which Jesus’ healing mission so beautifully embodied. He understood that matter is not "solid", not substantial, no matter how it seems to portray itself in society!

Matter is the sand that material life is built on. You can illustrate this by blowing some sand across the table or inside a bin, if it is dry. Matter and material "laws" or "rules" are always shifting on "winds" of human opinion. You can illustrate this by sharing some ways that human thought has changed over the years. For example, the idea that the earth is flat and the sun orbits the earth. There are many theories about creation, about health, about science that were once widely accepted, based on certain ideas that, in their day, seemed quite scientific. Might we still be taking some of these kinds of thoughts about matter into our experience today?

Pycl #5: Look at Romans 12:2, citation B14. How do we "transform" our mind, our consciousness? Paul tells us here that transformation of our mind comes through "renewal". Having a new view of the power and presence of Spirit as Mind and then we "prove" our understanding of this Mind by doing the will of God.

Isn't renewal what Mary Baker Eddy is talking about when she tells us we need to have the "Willingness to become as a little child…"? [SH 323:32, citation S20] Talk together about what a "little child" does differently that she causes her to recommend this path to adults? Think of examples together of what this looks like.

Pycl #6: Why is the story of the ten lepers in this lesson on Mind? What does the one leper's gratitude, and his status as a Samaritan have to do with this subject?

I love the parallel in Science & Health of how Mind orders and governs the body with intelligence and harmony [SH 162:4, citation S27]. So, it must not be an endeavor that is founded on matter. This different kind of "foundation" is the "change of base" that Mary Baker Eddy is telling us about in in the same citation S27, on line 10 of page 162.

To illustrate the change of base or foundation, you can go back to the sand and rock analogy, or you can invent something together. But, the key idea is that Mind, not matter, is the intelligent "base" of what our being actually rests on—and is the true base of who man, and each of us, actually is! [This foundational concept is reinforced weekly by wrapping up each Sunday School session and each Sunday church service with the repetition of the Scientific Statement of Being from Science & Health p. 468:8]

Have a great week in Sunday School!

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