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[PYCL/PSST: See past the mortal dream (1) & that you’re not physique. (2) Show joy embodied. (3) Stay lined up! (4) Replace record-keeping with Love to erase the lie. (5)
End fear, end disease. (6) Act-out being freed from (stinking) lies! (7)
]
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?”
for April 14, 2019

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

Pycl #1: [See past the mortal dream!]
Maybe we can start with looking at the last section of this lesson together. The citation B21, what is Paul talking about? Did he know Jesus? Who is speaking in citations B22, B23? Are these commands for us? What does Mary Baker Eddy (MBE) say about our ability to follow Jesus in citation S30?

Who does the work? (S31, S32). It is never about us. Rather it is about what laws of Love God has established that govern the life of His expression, man. If these commands are meant for us, then why would God oppose Himself and create sin, disease and death for His expression….

How could the very expression of God's being express something that is different than Himself in such a way? In fact, can we truly be anything less than spiritual? Okay, so every day, we do our level best to see beyond this mortal dream that we seem to find ourselves in. It can be convincing for sure, but the reason we know that it isn't real power, is that we can demonstrate, through what we know of Christian Science, that these so-called mortal "rules" are breakable when we understand our true identity as the reflection of Love, Life, Mind, and so on.

Pycl #2: [Accept that you’re not physique and stop trying to fix it!]
Recent Bible lessons have broached the subject of the all-goodness of God. This one is no exception. Sin, disease and death are evil, cannot be from anything that is all good. Maybe we can come up with some little examples or experiments that illustrate this. Can the children think of something where they can tell the truth, but also lie at the same time? Is it really truth if you leave out information in order to mislead? Can you express real love, but also express hatred at the same time?

It is a crude and kind of disgusting analogy, but a counselor at CedarS once shared the idea that if you were to mix up a batch of brownies and offer them to someone (after they were cooked) with the caveat that there was just a tiny, tiny bit of dog poop in them…. would you want to eat them? Does it matter how little? Perhaps you can bring in something nice to share as a snack and have a bucket of mud or sand next to you and ask them a similar question. If the snack represents love, or truth…. the sand/mud/whatever represents lie, hatred or whatever. Ask them if they would still want the snack if you mixed in some of that yuck? In this same way, we can start to think a bit more clearly about how it is that these things like sickness, etc. just can't possibly come from God or be supported by Love! It doesn't mean that we don't have to work at overcoming this dream that seems very convincing, but we can start, as Jesus did, by accepting the fact that we are not physique, nor are we fixing physique.
[W’s PSST: The “slightly” polluted brownies were first offered by a dad to explain to his kids why they weren’t allowed to watch a movie that was just “slightly” polluted with “just a little bit” of physique, or fear…]

Pycl #3: [Show joy, flexibility…embodied!]
Good is power, Mary Baker Eddy says, evil is weakness… (S13). How can we show this? She tells us that "The good you do and embody gives you the only power obtainable." What does it mean to "embody" good? Have you ever watched a really happy dog greet someone? Isn't this the embodiment of joy, affection, loyalty, enthusiasm? We might not want to wiggle that much, but can each child think of how they can "embody" good? Give each one a turn or two to demonstrate right there how they embody good. Maybe they jump up and down with joy to embody Life. Maybe they give someone a hug, or share the above snack with someone to embody unselfishness, love. They could do a split to embody flexibility, or share how they were able to happily change their plans during the week when they unexpectedly had to do something they weren't wanting to do, and did so happily… that's flexibility too right?! You can get the "ball rolling" as they say, with an example of your own.

Pycl #4: [Stay lined up!]
In that same citation (S13) MBE says: "Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power." (192:30) I wonder if you could take your class to a sink where there is a good faucet. If you put a cup directly under the stream of the faucet it fills right up. You are able to make use of that cup, you can drink, or water a plant, or wash something. That's power right? What if you don't line the cup up with the stream of water? Where does the water go? Is it useful going down the drain? Did it stop pouring out because you didn't have the cup underneath? No! In the same way, the power of Good is always pouring out. We sort of need to be like that cup with our thought and line up with the stream in order to experience the benefits. Feel free to play around with this analogy and see if something better occurs!

Pycl #5: [Replace record-keeping with Love to erase the lie!]
Take citation B12 in the Good News Translation. It is a little clearer in its modern language.
[1 Corinthians 13:4-6 Good News Translation (GNT)

“Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; 5 love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; 6 love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth.”]

What if we think about how each quality is powerful? How does each spiritual quality of Love destroy its opposite when we put it into action? You can illustrate something like not keeping record of wrongs, by using a whiteboard and an eraser. How does replacing this kind of record keeping with love and forgiveness literally erase the lie?

Pycl #6: [End fear, end disease, captivity…!]
This is brief, but how does destroying fear end disease? See Section 4 and check out Job's fear in citation B14. [Encourage students to memorize God’s promise “Fear not, for I am with thee.” (Isa. 43:5) See what repeating that did to save one of Cobbey Crisler’s Sunday School students as shared in W’s PS on Job 3:25 (B14) at https://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/articles/2019/4/asddr-1/.]

Pycl #7: [Act out being freed from (stinking) lies!]
Set up a brief "play" of Jesus raising Lazarus. You can bring some props: strips of sheet or a roll of toilet tissue to wrap Lazarus, something to represent a large stone… Before you act it out discuss the symbolism of all the elements of the story. What does the stone represent? Why "waking", rather than "raising" him from death? Why gratitude before the demonstration? Think together about what Jesus tells them "loose him and let him go". What is he freeing Lazarus from, besides the grave clothes?

Then have them act it out, pretending that the "stone" is heavy, that it's hard for Lazarus to walk or move with all that stuff on him, and for him to see, etc. What are the sisters doing during this time? Are they worried about the smell (not included in the lesson, but feel free to include such humor in the reenactment). While you are winding up "Lazarus", you could talk together about what your thoughts are doing…. binding him in the belief that life is in matter, leaves matter. Binding him with the belief that sickness is something that God made and so you can't expect to change that. You get the idea…

Have a great Sunday!!

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