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[PYCL 4: Commit thy works (class) unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established!]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lesson for The Christian Science Bible Lesson on:

Mind

Sunday, August 24, 2014

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

 [PYCL 1]
What does God help us do when we think of Him as Mind? How does He help us think? What thoughts does He give us? When you are at school? When you are home? When you are in bed? When you first wake up? When you are playing with friends or siblings? Why is Mind a good name for God? Make sure to include citation B11 as evidence that this name for God has a Biblical source.

 [PYCL 2]
Can you decide what “paths of righteousness” are? (Responsive Reading, Prov. 6:20). What word might you choose today instead of “righteousness”, (that is still a legitimate word—just not one that kids would use often).  With little ones you might try a real walk with labeled “stops” along the way to talk about what might be along this “right” path that you are taking.  You can pre-label these stops before Sunday School if the kids are very young, or have them make their own stops with their own ideas if they are older.  How does Mind lead us on this path, what ideas is Mind giving us?  Is it hard to hear what Mind is telling us or does Mind really light up this path for us when our thought is listening?  I think it's important that kids know that Mind speaks clearly to us all.  You can look at the story of Jesus in the temple as an example of the way that Mind would speak to children as well as grown-ups.  Even knowing that Jesus was special, we can also remember that he was the one who taught us most clearly that God is not separate from us.  Citation B3 is another way to see this in action.  God's thoughts are numerous, present with us always.

 [PYCL 3]
Bring in a model of the solar system—even just in book or on-line.  Look at citation S4 and explain how our solar system works, briefly.  It's a pretty cool analogy especially if the kids don't know a lot about how this system works.  Talk about how the gravity holds these giant, heavy planets in their own orbit, never conflicting with another planet, always moving in order and turning just right.  All are directed by the power and force of the sun itself, no matter how far away.  They are not influenced by each other.  Now bring it back to how Mind is the “central sun of its own systems of ideas”.  Who are we in this analogy?  How do we relate to one another, and how do we relate to God?  Can we move out of “orbit”?  Can we collide with another idea?  When it seems like we do, how do we discern what is really governing?  Try to have them continue the analogy themselves if they are old enough, or it just becomes a bunch of repeating of “yes” or “no's”.

 [PYCL 4]
That very short story in Section 2, citation B7, is often used as an example of how powerful wisdom that is from God can be.  How does this apply to us today?  What does it have to do with us?  Have the kids that can write, take a few minutes to write their thoughts on this. Try to take what they come up with and expand on it.  Do we sometimes feel “besieged” by erroneous thoughts?  By “difficult” kids or situations?  Do the things that are hard for us seem like “great bulwarks”.  Can you describe this briefly, as a teacher; can you give an example from your life? In this case could a “poor wise man” be a humble consciousness that is really listening for God's thoughts/angels, to deliver him from a difficult challenge.  This could be any situation really, including academic.  One great solution: citation B8 “Commit thy works [SS class] unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established”.  I love this; it seems like a really great rule to live by.  If all that we do is done for God, then we can surely expect that God/Mind will send us the thoughts and ideas that we need to make these works and ideas substantial, good, saving, right and so on!  Just have to remember who we are living for!!

 [PYCL 5]
Section 3 has two stories about how Mind helps us to see and recognize the truth.  Read them together or retell them.  Simeon was a man who was waiting with great expectancy to see the Christ.  God promised him that he would.  We can wait each moment with that same expectancy; only we are not waiting for a person are we!  What can we expect to “see”?  Solutions, satisfaction, ideas, joy, beauty, and all sorts of ideas for helping, blessing and healing others and ourselves.

 [PYCL 6]
I always struggle a bit with the story in Section 4. Maybe you have some other ideas about it.  My best thoughts on it are that sometimes we all need to be rebuked by truth and our ability to handle this without ego (a separate mind from Mind), is a good measure of our humble readiness to receive Truth's word/healing message.  Mrs. Eddy talks about Jesus' rebuke being strong when needed, and there are many examples of her own rebuke to her workers being strong as well, but always loving.  In this story Jesus must have perceived in this woman a need in her thought—and Mind is all about perception, isn't it! She is persistent in her desire for this Christ-truth.  Finally it says, after crying after him for some time, she came and “worshipped him”; she got on her mental or physical knees, and gave up all false sense of self.  Maybe she was “stirred” in her consciousness to a “change of base” (S20), and saw the basis of what Jesus was offering, not just a “fix” for her daughter, but the truth, the real “crumbs” from his “table” if you will.  His rebuke to her, even insulting as it seemed, perhaps revealed to her the true need and she humbly accepted it, keeping her desire for healing, her love for her daughter, before any thought of self.  And Jesus' rebuke was followed by the height of Love expressed, in healing for her daughter!

 [PYCL 7]
I like the idea of thinking together about what it means to be “double minded” (B15)  If we are single-minded, we aren't allowing material perception to confuse us and make us think that matter is more real to us than Spirit, and the things of Spirit.  Zacchaeus' story gives us a great example of how we can shut out those double thoughts and keep our thoughts “single”.  I also love the fact, and have probably mentioned it before, that Zacchaeus doesn't wait to claim his new found selfhood. He tells Jesus of his change of heart in the present tense.

 [PYCL 8]
The story in Section 6 holds an interesting lesson.  You could retell it to your class and talk about what it might mean for us today.  We may not think in terms of “Spirits possessing” us today.  But certainly our consciousnesses can be governed by God or by material thoughts depending on how vigilant we are.  I think it's cool to notice too that it was one person that overcame all seven of the false preachers!  We are learning here that only Mind heals; it is the only true power!

Hopefully, this is enough to get you started this Sunday!! Have fun. 

 

 

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