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[PYCL: Put on royal robes by being: cheerful, helpful, energetic, healthy, lively… (7)]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lesson for The Christian Science Bible Lesson on:

“ARE SIN, DISEASE AND DEATH REAL?”

Sunday, October 12, 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]
What is an “oppressor”?  Have them talk about what keeps someone from being everything good that God has made them to be: cheerful, helpful, energetic, healthy, lively, kind, and so on.  What would suggest to us that we could be oppressed and have these qualities seem distant and hard to feel?  Is that “thing” that oppresses something that we have any say about?  What can we do to counteract the suggestions of these thoughts from error that would oppress us/our true selves? When slavery was allowed in this country, people were forced to work, without pay, and often under cruel circumstances.  They received no rewards for their work, had no choices about what they did, could make no “career” decisions, couldn't choose how to raise their children or even if they could keep them with them.  This is a graphic example of oppression.  How do we experience such slavery today?  What about when we think there is nothing we can do when we are unhappy or sick?  What if we think that mortal law makes it so we are stuck with whatever sad circumstances we are in?  That is how a lot of people experience life.  As Christian Scientists, (and many other praying people experience this as well), we can experience here and now, freedom from these oppressive beliefs that there are laws that we are stuck with that are not good.  We know God as Love, as Good.  Good would not give us laws that are not good!  Anything that falls in this category of “not good” is not from God, and therefore not the law!  We see this in the Bible all the time.  Jesus regularly overcame the so-called laws of matter.  This week he does this by healing the man by the pool.  And Paul does this by healing the man who fell to his death from high up in the room where Paul was preaching.  These are just two examples.  Share others from your personal experience with the kids.

 [PYCL 2]
You might talk about “universal consent” (S3).  What does that mean?  This is what makes it so that we sometimes think that “catching” a disease is normal and natural.  It's because that is what the majority of human opinion believes.  But don't forget that human opinion is not the law—in fact, Mrs. Eddy reminds us that “Human opinions are not spiritual.” (P.192 S&H)  We are reminded throughout this lesson that the laws of God redeem, heal, and bless.

 [PYCL 3]
Tell the story of Zacchaeus.  Maybe even act it out.  Talk about the detail, they may even get a giggle out of the fact that he was a short guy and had to climb up into a tree to see Jesus!  Why did he want to see Jesus?  Why did Jesus notice him and tell him to eat dinner with him?  Think about how Zacchaeus clearly was attracted to the Christ, to the Truth.  He wanted to “see”, understand, the Truth so badly that he climbed a tree just to see Jesus walk by.  And Jesus, in return, was quick to recognize this reformed consciousness, and wanted to welcome that redeemed consciousness to commune/dine with that Truth.  He wanted to recognize that desire and help to bring it to full awareness and fruition.  Jesus knew that the law of Truth brings that redemption to each idea, no matter their past.  And, in fact, makes that Truth demonstrated in the present in their experience, as evidenced by Zacchaeus' statement of present demonstration of God's law of integrity.  (He doesn't say “I will” do these things… he says: “Behold I [do these things]…”  Pretty cool when you think about it, he's recognizing that this is his true nature now and always.

 [PYCL 4]
You can talk about the man by the pool in terms of law also.  Jesus asks him to “rise”.  This could be seen as a call to go above the false law that was keeping this man oppressed.  Being “undefiled” and walking “…in the law of the Lord.” (B10) keeps us from being held prisoner by false laws of matter.  In this case, popular opinion held that these waters were somehow healing.  This addresses both the seeming power of popular belief, and the idea that there are laws of matter that help some people and not others.  You can always be sure that God's law applies its good to all of creation!

 [PYCL 5]
Contained in that same third section, there are some elements of Christian Science treatment that you can outline, to teach some ways to approach a challenge.  Citation S14 can be dissected a bit by the slightly older kids.  We can see that some of these elements include: appealing to a “higher sense of justice” to destroy false mortal opinion.  Not letting sickness or sinful thoughts to grow in our thought.  Rather, we are to “dismiss” them (what does “dismiss” mean, can they act that out?).  Since there is no law to support sin or sickness, we have the right to deny them their “place” in our experience.  And then we can “Rise in the conscious strength of the spirit of Truth to overthrow the plea of mortal mind… Blot out the images of mortal thought…”  Here is that word “rise” like Jesus told the man by the pool.  All of this takes place in thought!  If we write this out as kind of an outline, it should give the kids a good place to start when meeting things in their experience that challenge the law of God/Good.

 [PYCL 6]
Sometimes we are tempted to get really involved in problems—in matter.  Section 4 helps us to remember that mortal belief appears to rule material existence.  In order to experience exemption/freedom from the oppression of material “rule”, we have to step away from matter and material sense and look from the standpoint of God's law, of Spirit/Truth.  This is what Paul did when he healed Eutychus.  How can we take this “step” away from what things look like/feel like?  There is no denying that there is a temptation to take things around us/feelings we have, as fact.  But they are like dreams; and we can deny them power in our experience if we remember that we can turn away from these so-called laws and really be free.  Can you think of an example of this to share?

 [PYCL 7]
Why is God's law like these “clothes”—ornaments/robes, etc.? (B14)  Bring some fake jewelry and “robes” in for the little kids and have them name a righteous quality that they can “put on” like the robe.  What makes salvation and righteousness like “jewels and ornaments”?  Talk about what these qualities look like in our day to day lives and put on the jewelry and we start to understand them together.  Do we feel like wonderful and amazing people when we are following God's commands?  Don't we feel kind of like we are wearing wonderful jewels and crowns?  (Obviously this is for the younger crowd!).

Have a great Sunday, as always!

 

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