Thank you for another best summer yet!

[PYCL: Don’t hesitate to share some of your own personal experiences, from the heart!]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lesson for The Christian Science Bible Lesson on:

Love

for Sunday, August 3, 2014

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

[Click in the upper right of CedarS Met webpage this week on a link to a CedarS new song written to reinforce our “Live to Give” theme in some Bible characters as chronologically-ordered on Time Travelers Trail & as mentioned in B3, S5, B9, S11, S12, B12, S16.] 
 

[PYCL 1]
The power of Love and the understanding of God as Love are in my opinion, the most important messages we can get to our Sunday School children.  Whatever path they choose in life, this understanding of God, will go with them forever.  Words are not going to bring this message.  Our own genuine love for God, demonstrated in our genuine love for these children, does.  How we share our love is individual, it probably won't look the same from one of us to the next.  But being that each child is unique and divinely created, God expresses Her love in an infinite multitude of ways to bless each idea of Her creating.

[PYCL 2]
Maybe this Sunday is a day of testimony sharing.  How has Love worked in your life.  Share some wonderful examples, and then ask if they have any ways in which they've seen Love expressed in their own experience.  You may need to offer some simple thoughts about ways that parents might be providing love as a reflection of Love.  Maybe their parents are providing interesting activities for them, supporting a sport or musical interest.  Is camp an example of Love's activity in our life?  (Of course!)  You may be led to bring in some really good testimonies from a periodical, including some young people's testimonies, to get the “juices flowing” as they say.  Help them to see that Love's healing presence doesn't need to be celebrated only with the so-called “big” healing events, but just as much with the little examples in life.  Maybe one of the younger ones will think of a time that morning when he was led to share a toy, or help a younger sibling with getting some clothes.  You can provide some examples of ideas that are Love in action so that they can recognize these things as actions of Love and not random occurrences.  Some of my fondest memories of Sunday School were when teachers shared some of their own personal experiences, from the heart, so don't hesitate.

[PYCL 3]
Creation as reflection is the focus of Section 1 [as well as of a new CedarS song where, in the last line, you face and “mirror” a partner in saying one-hand-at-a-time “Like”, “A”, “Reflection” as you both boogie down.]  So you could bring the mirror into play with the younger classes.  With older ones you can still use a mirror but you may want to ask them what they think the limit of this analogy is?  Isn't it that a mirror that we look into only reflects back a physical image, rather than a spiritual reflection?  Interestingly, though, the image contains no actual matter, unless you include the mirror itself…  Mrs. Eddy addresses this thought in citation S5.  Are you ever actually “away” from your reflection, even if you aren't holding a mirror in your hand, isn't your reflection always there, it only takes the mirror to reveal it to you?  In the same way, we are the reflection of God always, and as we look into the mirror that God provides, Christian Science, we see our true likeness to God.  And this likeness is made of Love.  It is lovely, loveable, loving, loved, and one with Love.  As such, wouldn't we be “satisfied”/happy, feel complete, if we knew always that we are made in Her likeness only? (B4)  Can we see our reflection in the dark?  (Try this out with the younger classes if you can.)  Why, or why not?  If light represents spiritual understanding, then what does darkness represent?  If we see ourselves as material beings our thought is “dark”, and it's harder to see our true selves as reflections of Love.

[PYCL 4]
Section 2 really helps us learn just what comprises an effective prayer to Love.  It is the prayer that “goes forth hungering after righteousness…” (S6)  So it is not a prayer that asks God to do something for us.  We find in this lesson that Love already supplies us with all the good there is, so why do we pray?  So that we can see this good!  When we want to know and understand God (righteousness), more than anything else, then we see Love in action, we see Love's harmony around us in the form of healing.  With the younger kids you may want to have a conversation about what “hungering after righteousness” might mean.

[PYCL 5]
Daniel's story in Section 3 is always fun to talk about with the little kids.  Most will know the story, so you can ask them to tell it to you.  Try not to interrupt them!  Ask them what is important about the story and write it down.  Maybe you can really inquire with genuine interest in their thoughts on this, they will be flattered.  Why do they think that this story is included in a story about God as Love?  Why didn't Love keep Daniel out of the den altogether?  Which “way” helped the most people learn about God's love for man?  Can Daniel's story help us understand why we sometimes have to pray and understand more about God when we are faced with the “lions' den” of sickness, or sadness or meanness or loneliness?  Love always meets our needs, but we had best not tell Love how these needs should be met!  What qualities did Love give Daniel that kept him safe?  Do these qualities still work today to keep us safe?  Why/how? (Do you have a modern example?)

[PYCL 6]
Jesus' parable of the prodigal son is also a great story to share.  Maybe they know this one too and can tell it to you.  How do they see this story as an illustration of Love's activity in our lives?  What is different here than in Daniel's story?  Daniel's innocence and devotion to God, to righteousness, gave him dominion and power; this young man did not appear to be so innocent. What gave him this ultimate blessing from Love?  Was it humility and repentance that opened his eyes, ultimately, to his status as the loved and loveable idea of God?  Make sure they understand the symbolism of the father in this story, and the son.

[PYCL 7]
There is the lovely story of Jesus healing the leper, who had the audacity to ask, to even be in the presence of other “clean” people. What did Jesus show by not only answering the leper's plea and healing him, but by touching him?

[PYCL 8]
The qualities that it takes to live in harmony, presented in Section 5 by thoughts about marriage, can also be addressed in terms of family harmony.  How do we best get along with one another. Can these ideas about getting along in a marriage be helpful in our daily interactions?  Kids love to focus on fairness.  With this in mind, check out citation S21 together, focusing on how “Human affection is never poured forth vainly…”  What does being loving “do” for us?  What are the qualities that make you a truly great friend (and someday, marriage partner, but they don't have to know that!)?

Have a great Sunday!

 

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