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[PYCL: Help student “earn the gold”! (1) Practice standing guard! (2) With the wisdom and freedom of “Mind’s infinite ideas run and disport” yourselves! (5)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

"Mind"
for February 25, 2018

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

Pycl #1: In the Responsive Reading (RR) and in citation B2, wisdom is said to be better than riches, rubies, silver, choice gold, and so on. With very young children you could bring in some [pretend Olympic gold or silver medals or some] plastic or glass jewels and set them on the table—ultimately to share with the children. If you feel like getting really fancy, give them small "treasure chests" to keep these "riches" in. Why is wisdom better than these "jewels" [or medals]? What makes [rare metals and] jewels rare? Is God's wisdom hard to find, difficult to get? Look at verse 5 in the RR: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally…and it shall be given him." Discuss this idea, what does "liberally" mean? You can share the well-known proverb about how if you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, if you teach him to fish… Isn't that like the riches you get from understanding Mind and divine wisdom? If you do this, you have infinite resources at your fingertips, whereas material wealth can be used up, stolen, envied, misused, and so on. Does God's wisdom bless us (make us "wealthy")? Check out the stories in this week's lesson to find out how! The plastic jewels [or medals] are just talking points; obviously they represent the limited/selective wealth that matter provides. You could turn this analogy on its head though if you want to use them to represent the wealth of divine wisdom, and put them one at a time into a communal or individual treasure chest while naming the quality of Mind that they might represent. Just make sure they are clear on this shift in their "value".

Pycl #2: Much of what I hear in this week's lesson boils down to having one Mind, the Mind which was in Christ Jesus. This Mind heals from sin, sickness, strife/disagreement, it enlightens, and it blesses and provides for our needs/is the source of creation. You could certainly work on memorizing the 6th Tenet from the last section (S28). This is a wonderful passage to encourage us to think about where our thoughts are coming from, whether they are "of Mind" or just random mortal thoughts that we are picking up, to our detriment. During this season that seems especially full of the suggestion of flu, this may be a very helpful kind of healing approach. Look at how it says in the RR "Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors." Can we all be waiting at the "posts of [God's] doors"? This is just another word for "doorjamb", but the idea is that we watch who comes into God's presence. [“Stand porter at the door of thought…” (SH 392:24 )] Is this like watching what is coming into our thought? (This is where the 6th Tenet is so powerful! "watch, and pray…") With younger children you could discuss what a door guard might look like. Would he/she be sleepy? Would he/she be visiting with friends? Have them act out what a good guard would look like. Would they be "armed"? (This doesn't mean a gun, etc…. discuss what a being spiritually "armed" would look like!?) [“the nothingness of material life and intelligence and the mighty actuality of all-inclusive God, good…. were the two cardinal points of Mind-healing, or Christian Science, which armed him with Love. (SH 52:19)]

Pycl #3: Where do we look for wisdom? Really where do the students tend to look? They may say "God" or "Mind", but ask them how they do this, and how often. Most of us regularly look to matter all the time without realizing it! For example, do we pray about solving a problem before asking a teacher or parent [or Google or Siri]? Does such a prayer need to take a lot of time? Warren and Holly can tell you many stories about how they, and the Founder of CedarS camps, Ruth Huff, rely/relied on God to answer questions about running camp, staffing, supplies, and all kinds of decisions. It is very inspiring, and we can all take the time to listen to infinite Mind to solve our most complicated challenges. The answers are sure to be fulfilling, deeply blessing, often healing, joyful, and so on. Society will always tell us that matter has the answers, doctors, financial planners, and experts of all kinds. But truly, we are learning in this lesson that our best and most thorough answers come from Mind and are bestowed on us freely. Citation B1 tells us in part "For the Lord giveth wisdom; out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." (italics added) Man reflects this, but keep that in mind when you are asking advice of people!! One friend/practitioner/CS teacher shared this idea with me: "If it's worth thinking about, it's worth praying about!" So maybe the next issue is how do we think about "praying"? Do we have to have a quiet room, time alone with God? What if we are in the middle of a class at school? Understanding that there are many kinds of prayer is very helpful!

Pycl #4: In Section 3 we have Jesus' command to "love thy neighbor as thyself". How do we go about doing this? What does this subject of Mind have to do with this kind of love? It seems to me that to love one another truly, it must stem not from "trying really hard to be more loving, especially to people who seem unlovable". Rather, it comes from seeing, really understanding, that Mind only made what reflects Mind. There is unity of source, one Mind. If we are seeing others as less than lovable, we are falling short on our understanding of one Mind as the Creator. Dedicating ourselves to having the "mind that was in Christ" will help us to see as Christ Jesus saw. Not only will we perceive others as lovable, but this true perception will heal ourselves and others. You can work together with citations S12-S14 to dig a little more deeply into this idea. It may be a simple idea, but it is not easy! What is the advantage of glimpsing something of the fact that there is no power in the suggestion that there are many minds? Can you share an example of a time where you were able to experience greater harmony of any kind through your understanding of this idea? How is this idea similar/even identical, with the First Commandment?

Pycl #5: I'm not sure this is easy to share with very young children, but I've been pondering citation S21 this week in light of this week's subject. "We must forsake the foundation of material systems, however time-honored, if we would gain the Christ as our only Saviour." We can question what we have accepted in place of Mind as the "foundation" of our life and activities. For some it might be that we feel that we must rely, for example, on diet and exercise to achieve certain levels of fitness and health. Maybe we have to study super hard and stay up unreasonably late to succeed in school. (There's a good testimony at the end of the "My Bible Lesson" about how a better understanding of Mind aided a student that was overwhelmed with an academic workload). How do we address these suggestions? Do we eat anything we want, lay around on the couch, etc.? Or do we change the "foundation" beneath the thought that we hold on these subjects. What about the idea that we [as “Mind’s infinite ideas run and disport” ourselves (SH 514:7) or] exercise because we are healthy, rather than to get healthy? We express qualities of Mind that are rooted in the wisdom of practice. We study and pray because we get better at whatever we do! We want to be better healers… we work at spiritualizing our consciousness. Think together about how a more spiritually accurate view of our activities, one that is based in Mind, can bring more freedom and joy to every endeavor.

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