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[PYCL: Cherish and express in your experience purity, unselfishness… (1)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Life”
for the week ending Sunday, January 21, 2018

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO
email: kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com (314) 406-0041

Pycl #1: The Golden Text defines life in an unusual and beautiful way—as being "spiritually minded". It is made clear throughout the Bible lesson that life is not found in matter or material pursuits. Take a look at each story in the lesson and see how they point to a better understanding of Life and of how we express it. We soon find that being "spiritually minded" is a consciousness of life as spiritual; it is having an accurate understanding of what life is. So when we are conscious of God, of Love, Truth, Mind and so on, we are being spiritually minded.

Section 5 contains a great list of qualities that we can strive to hold in thought and bring into our experience that might be thought of as "spiritually minded" qualities. See if you can find them together: "Christianization of daily life" (what does that entail?), chastity, purity, unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love…. How do we identify and express these qualities of spiritual mindedness? Maybe we can assign one or more to each pupil for the next week. Can they keep track of some things they did to express one of these qualities? Or can they think of how they did in the past week? You can always start off such a sharing! If we are expressing these qualities consistently, then we are truly "living" as defined in Christian Science.

Pycl #2: Define what it means to be "rich in this world" (Responsive Reading). Beyond just money wealth—being rich in the world might be thought of as unduly interested in material things and activities. That doesn't mean we can't have purposeful and interesting careers, lovely families and fun hobbies. Rather it means that our focus should always be on the spiritual truth behind such activities. When we have a lot of good things in the world…maybe we don't struggle so much for food, shelter, friendships, transportation, and so on… it can be easy to get just a little too comfortable and start to find ourselves looking inward instead of outward as to how we can "…do good…be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;" Can the class think of ways that each of us can think/do these things, at any age?

Pycl #3: A corollary to this can be found in Section 5 even though this applies to a man who is indeed stuck on his material wealth. Truly the idea of worldliness does go beyond just money. "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." (B15) Our heart can be thought of as what we love, value, cherish, make the most room for and so on. Give each child a large piece of paper cut in the shape of a heart on which to record their most cherished "loves". For my boys, it might be riding their dirt bikes. If that is the case, how can we think about such an activity in spiritual terms? What is the advantage to this kind of thought? (If life is spiritual—and this lesson, and Christian Science explain, that it is—then understanding the spiritual nature behind human activity helps us to lift our consciousness higher, prepare it for even more spiritual ideas of life as we go.) Considering the spiritual reality behind any activity helps us to understand our freedom, flexibility, strength, intelligence, creativity and so on, and where these abilities come from. Life is eternal and infinite, the more we see it reflected and recognize it for what it is, the more we experience this kind of life!

Pycl #4: It might be interesting just to make note of the fact that if spiritual thoughts, qualities that we are talking about, are actually the substance of life and living… then the opposite, must not be living at all. In one passage, citation S3, Mary Baker Eddy tells us that "…Life is no more confined to the forms which reflect it than substance is in its shadow." Consider a mountain, or show them a picture of one. Then look at the shadow it casts. For all the shade, dark, and cool that that shadow might provide, it has no substance to it compared with the substance of all that rock, earth, trees and so on. The shadow is fleeting, only there when the sun is shining and so on. It is not the mountain. The shadow here could be likened to the materialistic things that do not really reflect Life. They are without real substance.

Pycl #5: There is so much in this lesson about belief and consciousness. There are references to "false belief" (S4), "belief and dream of material living" (S10), "images of thought" (S9), "become conscious for a single moment…" (S10), "man's belief" (S15)… You get the idea! Yet just "not believing" is not a true step to understanding life as spiritual. True understanding comes from step by step demonstration, and from taking those moments to spiritualize your consciousness about what you are doing and why.

Pycl #6: Citation S17 tells us that we can be "less mortal"! This is such an amazing statement. Work with that paragraph and come up with a model together of how to "become less mortal" and why that would be something we want!

Have a great Sunday!

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