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[PYCL: Make Immortality Visible; Declare It; Seek God Aright! Be completely generous! (1, 3, 4)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

“Mortals and Immortals”

on May 15, 2016

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041

Pycl #1: I see much in this lesson about making immortality and man's immortal nature "visible". Think about how things are hidden, how they fool us, how do we get tricked by our eyes, ears, other senses. Looking at the (Golden Text (G.T.) there is the word "declare". Aren't we "declaring" God's works, His goodness, when we express it in visible ways? Have the kids come up with a great list of ways that they can declare God's works. In a way, you could say that to truly live, is to declare God's works, and by not living (not expressing our immortal nature), we then "die", are not truly living! Just something to think about. Notice in the Responsive Reading (R.R.) that it says that "it is the spirit that quickeneth", which means: makes alive.

Pycl #2: Why did so many of Jesus' followers leave him after he explained what he did in that R.R.? Read this in other translations and see if they can see what he was getting at that might have disappointed his followers. Would it disappoint anyone in class? Is it hard to give up some of the things that we enjoy in mortality so that we can see immortality more readily? What exactly are we giving up? Think together about reality here. What exactly is real? If Christian Science is real, is true (and it is!) then what is the point in living a dream and thinking that it might be real? What exactly are we accomplishing? Are we really giving up anything true or good or real by following Jesus? One analogy that I have found helpful is the idea of giving up a favorite pair of shorts for a pair of long cozy pants in the winter. We might really love those shorts, but once we give them up, we find that the long pants that we are given are much better for winter! Maybe you can come up with your own analogy.

Pycl #3: What if we were playing "hide and seek" in our house and someone hid outside the house? Would we find that person if we continued to search for them inside? That's kind of like looking for God in matter, or in the material things that we experience. If we look for lasting goodness, reliable love, intelligence, beauty, etc. in material things or even in people (when we are thinking of them as separate from God–as mortals), we will be constantly disappointed. To really understand what is immortal and true, we have to demonstrate what we are learning in Christian Science. Can everyone do this? Can you share some examples of how you do this during a day and then see if they start to recognize how they do this each day as well? In section one there are three places where the word "seek" is used, and we have "look beyond" and "behold". You could have the kids look for these words that have to do with seeing and looking for. What happens when we seek for our friend in the right place? What happens when we look for God in the right place? Does God ever hide?

Pycl #4: What does the story of Abram have to do with immortality and with seeing that immortal truth? How about the way he was so relentlessly faithful, even when God's promise to him seemed like it wasn't being answered at all? How did Abram recognize the presence of love and brotherhood when it looked like his shepherds and Lot's were not getting along? Wasn't it because he recognized (saw) that God was taking care of him and he didn't need to fear that he would be deprived by being completely generous? What did God have him "see" after he gave Lot the pick of the land? Didn't God tell him to look all around him and that everything he could see He would give to Abram? Abram's pure sense of God allowed him to see God's abundance for all mankind, right where Lot and the shepherds on both sides could only see limitation. The only way to really see man's brotherhood is through recognition of man's immortal, blessed nature.

Pycl #5: The Tares and Wheat parable is another story about discernment or seeing. We want to be good "farmers" and perceive and discern the true nature of our friends and family. We don't want to be fooled into thinking that the tares, the "weedy" things that we see people sometimes do, are the real plant–the real nature of man. We want to be able to confidently and strongly insist on man as productive, good, useful… God doesn't mix "two creations" together. He didn't make one that is mortal, but looks good sometimes, bad sometimes. He made only the good, only the wheat, only the man of Genesis 1. Even when matter is tempting us to think it's "just like" Spirit, we can tell the difference! You could bring in some play money and talk about counterfeits. Have they ever watched someone at a cash register use one of those special markers that somehow reveal whether the money you give them is real or fake? Maybe each kid could be given one of those pens (they sell them at places like WalMart). The pen could be a reminder to check our thoughts and make sure they are revealing what belongs to the true, immortal man; we sure don't want to be fooled!

Pycl #6: Do the kids know the story about the group of people outside a house looking at a tiny hole in the door of a house, through which a fox's tail is showing? They stand around and debate how the fox could possibly fit through that tiny hole. Finally it is pointed out that the fox never went through that hole, he just backed his tail through it from the inside. I think material sense can often get all focused on the mortal lie and really get convinced of something that never was true to begin with. Mrs. Eddy tells us just this many times. One place is citation S21 where she says:"Human logic is awry when it attempts to draw correct spiritual conclusions regarding life from matter." Maybe you can come up with some examples of your own to share with the children, or have them think of a few themselves. You could even tell the fox story without the conclusion, draw a picture if you are inclined, and ask them to figure out how that fox got through such a tiny hole??? See if they come up with the real "answer".

Hope this gives you some thoughts for Sunday! Have a great one.

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