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[PYCL 2, 3: Feel loved, irrevocably, eternally! Be firm, yet patient, with yourself & others!]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lesson for The Christian Science Bible Lesson on:

MAN

Sunday, September 7, 2014

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

[Bracketed italics by Warren Huff, CedarS 1st camper, current director & PYCL editor]

 [PYCL 1]
You could point out that some version of being “holy” begins the lesson, and sections 2, 3, 4 and is the final Bible message in section 6. What does it mean to be “holy”?  Can we make that a practical thing in our day?  Do we have to “be” something different than we already are?  If not, how do we deal with those actions or words that don't seem to be very “holy”?  You could certainly talk about the Commandments in this context and especially the first one.  How do they help us understand how to be holy?  For example, how does having no other God than God play out in our day to day life. Once you start thinking about examples you can see that there is a holiness or purity in making each word out of our mouth obedient to that command.

[PYCL 2]
Not surprisingly, there is much in the lesson about law, precepts, ordinances, testimonies, etc. Can we consider how this idea of obedience to God's laws helps us with holiness?  I would want there to be more to this discussion than the idea that being obedient to God's laws makes us “holy”.  It's not our act of “compliance”.  That's a start.  But it needs to be something of the heart really. We need to want to do this because we feel God's love and joy in doing it. So how do we get there if we aren't already feeling that in our day to day? We might talk a little about what comes up and gets in the way (animal magnetism, but we don't have to call it that with them). Maybe we feel really angry when someone teases us or excludes us.  What do we do with that? Do we have to “just ignore” it and push away the anger?  Or is there a possibility here to turn it into a really great experience?  I noticed in the first section that there is a little analogy of the “dream” and “waking” experience of mortal existence (citations B5 and S2).  It seems implied that there is a false sense of “I” that dreams and is convinced of things that are not real, for whatever reason.  Mrs. Eddy says, in that citation, that this entity has no real existence, but says: “It is I”.  That's an interesting thought.  This is a separate sense of self from God that claims “being” or “entity”.  It can be offended because it has its own mind, own thought and agenda. But, if we give up that false identity, and remember that God really knows us as individual expressions of Him/Her, then we can reject the idea that we can have a thought or action that doesn't express that one Mind.  It's not exactly easy, but it is simple!  Also, it's helpful to remember that this happens by degrees, with practice and we must be firm and patient with ourselves and others.  It takes some effort to be consistent at rejecting the idea that we are separate from God, living our own lives.

[PYCL 3]
Try a dream-and-wake-up activity with the littler guys.  Talk about what a dream is. Liken it to when we are feeling separate from God, like when we feel sick or lonely.  What is a dream or nightmare like?  Are they real?  When we have one, do we go around scared all day by whatever happened during our sleep?  No!  Once we are awake all the way, we know that we don't have to fix that dream, or change it.  We can leave it and be fully awake to “reality”.  Now we can go into the idea that reality is not what things are around us so much as what we feel when we know that we are loved, irrevocably, eternally.  When we feel peaceful, happy, certain of our place in the spiritual universe, that's reality. You can have the kids take turns pretending to sleep and be woken up.  Talk about citation B5 too and what it means to “awake, with thy likeness”.  Isn't that waking up to truly recognize who we really are?

[PYCL 4]
It might be fun to work with citation B7.  Put it into contemporary English, “retell it”.  Talk about what it means when it says “no breaking in nor going out”. (refers to enemy armies breaching city walls, and exile or enslavement in a foreign country, respectively.  See “Bible Note” in MyBibleLesson for this section).  What does that represent today?  I love the part about “no complaining in the streets”, there has to be something there to discuss don't you think?  How does this all relate to man's holiness?  Can anything “break in” or be “enslaved or exiled” in a holy consciousness?  Not really, since a holy consciousness is a whole consciousness, utterly bound to God, the source of that consciousness.  This section really dwells on our oneness with God, so you can talk about how this oneness contributes to man's holiness.

[PYCL 5]
The other passage that would be fun to visit is citation B10. “…in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbor.” (See “Bible Notes” again in MBL, this was to encourage each other to act righteously or rightly in order to benefit everyone).  And there is “Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people”… I can think of some little boys that could benefit from that in my house.  But why?  Why shouldn't we either be “tattle-tales” or perhaps even make up stories, if that is the inference here?  What does that do for man?  Should we maybe bear witness to man's true nature, whenever the “dream” tells us otherwise?  I like the idea that we are dwelling with the “law” here as a continued theme.  Imagine with the kids a community with no laws, or worse yet, laws that are bad.  Activity would be chaotic, unproductive, often seem unkind.  But with good law it feels whole, peaceful, kind, polite.  This is true of life under God's law.  Mrs. Eddy says in Miscellany p. 203, that “Church laws which are obeyed without mutiny are God's laws.”  We don't naturally “mutiny” against worshiping one God.  We naturally do want to do and be “good”.  And we naturally are good.

[PYCL 6]
As a support to the above thought, citation S24 is a lovely one to cherish and ponder.  It starts out with the declaration that it is “illusion” and not fact that we are dealing with.  And the “cling steadfastly” part might be a great one to talk about.  You can talk about what that looks like and even bring a picture that really illustrates that idea.  It could be something silly, like an animal hanging onto something for dear life, or more serious, a person holding onto a floatation device in rough water…  I'm sure you can find something!  Point out that her statement underscores that we do have this “clear sight” and “calm trust”.  We aren't trying to gain them!  Also, our physical senses will, more often than not, be no “support” for your endeavors to understand Truth.  “Let Christian Science” do this supporting!  What does that mean?  Let's “sacrifice” our false “I” or sense of the body as “I” (B22); instead we can, through living holy lives, prove that man really is, always has been, made in God's image and likeness, just as it says in Genesis 1.

Have fun this Sunday.

 

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