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[PYCL: Find joy only by seeing your spiritually true identity, as part of Soul! (1)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

for February 17, 2019

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

Pycl #1: Soul is linked strongly with identity. And our identity is coexistent with Soul's/God's identity. So naturally, the Golden Text can be seen as telling us that the only way we can be joyful is to be joyful in God—the only salvation there is, is His/Soul's. So if we are looking to be happy or joyful, and who isn't?—we can find this joy only through seeing our spiritually true identity, as part of Soul. This identity is found to be satisfying and joy-giving because focused on spiritual reality, on God. And God includes each one of us. [Those who have gotten a CedarS Quality Award—given at teh end of every session—have a more accurate spiritual ID than any they might carry that states their height, weight, SS number… ]

The story of Moses in citation B8 mentions that "…the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord." Think about how God proclaimed His "name", His true identity. God "stood with him", helped Moses to feel His presence and told him more about who He was. This was not the first time for Moses! God had told him previously that He was "I AM". What better name brings out the idea of "identity", than being or existence? Anyhow, in citation B8 Moses so clearly glimpses God's identity, and his own as reflection, that his very face is shining with the divine light of Soul. It seems like this shining might be viewed as a lessening presence of matter, doesn't it?

How do the students think that they can "shine", maybe more metaphorically, like Moses? How might that "shining" cause people to be uncomfortable? (Not in this week's lesson, but still interesting to think about!—He had to wear a veil whenever he came out to share God's word with the people because the shining face freaked them out!)

Consider bringing a mirror and a flashlight and showing the kids how the light reflects back more brightly and broadly when shined on a mirror. Also you can look at how the flashlight itself has a mirror like surface under the bulb in order to shine its light more broadly. (You can do this with a mirror and sunlight if you have a sunny Sunday School). This is how we can reflect Soul's light on those around us.

Pycl #2: I like thinking of citation B6 like this: this statement is not a judgment—it is not saying that if you are a "good person" good things will come to you. Good is always pouring from the law of Love. Just like the sun when it's visible, shines on all, not just on some. The last phrase "…them that walk uprightly." makes me think of this passage in a literal way. If you are walking uprightly, you can see the sun and feel it on your face. What happens when you are walking bent over, or crawling? You cannot see the beauty of things around you; you are confined to a view of your feet and the ground you are standing on. Isn't this a great metaphor for how the beauty of Soul is ever-present and visible if we are actively expressing and acknowledging our oneness with God? This is "uprightness". I think with little children you could dramatize this by having them walk bent over and straight up and ask them how the view differs. When we are feeling grumpy and critical of others, it's like only looking down and the dirt at our feet. We miss the mountains, flowers, streams, animals—we miss the true nature of man and the universe of Soul.

Pycl #3: Have some fun with the story of Abigail and Nabal this week. Remember when we talked about how names are meaningful as identity. Check out the meaning of the names Abigail and Nabal! (Nabal means "foolish, churlish, reckless" and was probably not his original name but became his name based on his behavior!) How does Abigail show us insight into God as Soul? There are a few things here you can focus on. She displays great meekness (one of the qualities mentioned in the Responsive Reading). Meekness and humility makes God, Soul, the only ego. This allows God/Soul to shine through, rather than a strong sense of personality (such as Nabal's). Along with meekness, Abigail displays the courage based in this humility, to face David, a great man, and directly negotiate her household's safety. (Women were not to deal with men in such matters in this time.) In doing this, she saved David from doing a great wrong, as he says himself, in taking vengeance on Nabal.

Citation S14 states clearly that when we follow the 1st Commandment and recognize that "This me is Spirit.", we get our own false sense of a separate identity out of the way and find we have infinite intelligence, life, substance, truth and love in Spirit!

Pycl #4: Check out the passage in citation S15 about forming perfect models in thought and continually looking at them. Share some ideas about how we can do that. What are our models? Do we have them? If we don't, can we start thinking about what they are? They might start with people they admire, then think about how those people are reflecting Soul. Write down their thoughts on this. What was Nabal's "model"? Where did it lead? (Feel free to read the rest of his and Abigail's story, it's pretty interesting.) What was Abigail's model? Where did it lead?

Ask them how they would make a sculpture of something. If it was a sculpture of a dog, for example, wouldn't they want to be looking at the dog or a picture of the dog in order to make it look like what they want? Have them try to draw something simple, like an elephant, from memory, then, while looking at a good picture. Talent and skill notwithstanding, can they see where some things, like how the elephant's back knee bends differently from most animals, might go unnoticed when drawing from memory. Details might be missing, like the actual shape of the ear, or eye placement… Think of how this applies to our view of ourselves and others.

Pcyl #5: I think of Soul as the voice of harmony in our consciousness. We can let it supersede the lie of pain, anger, sadness…or we can be tempted to allow those things to influence our perception of the universe around us. This does take some discipline.

Citation S20 gives us an image of mortal mind as a harp. If we allow the hand that strums it to be human, we find we are at the whim of whatever is currently suggesting itself to us…sickness, sadness, temper, and so on. If we are alert, and we only allow the hand to be God's, we find ourselves feeling love, beauty, fearlessness, peace, and so on. Have the children think about this image. If they are young, show them a picture of the kind of harp David might have played on. Play them some harp music even! Can they imagine letting Soul "play" their consciousness rather than human thought?
Have a Soul-filled Sunday!

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