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[PYCL: Rely on Mind to give you the intelligence needed to overcome every kind of siege! (2)]
CedarS PYCL—Possible Younger Class Lessons for:

The Christian Science Bible Lesson for August 26, 2018

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

Pycl #1: I like to think each week, when we are studying the synonyms, about why we have this particular name for God. Also, finding (either in the lesson or out) Biblical statements or stories that illustrate why Mary Baker Eddy/Scripture includes this way of referring to God. Why is this particular synonym essential to our understanding of God? It may seem obvious, but might not be to the pupils. God has to be intelligent, right? It takes intelligence to be creative, to govern wisely and justly, and so on. Why is it important to have a deeper understanding of God as Mind? What does this understanding do for us? How does knowing God as Mind contribute to healing? Share an example. What is the difference between being "smart" and being wise?

Pycl #2: In the Responsive Reading there is a story about the "poor wise man" who saved a city under siege. Read it together or tell it to the pupils. What's the point of the story? What is it illustrating to us, or what is the lesson in it for us to glean? Is it maybe that wisdom doesn't come from conventional places? We could couple this with the story in Section 5 where Jesus is teaching in the temple and people don't understand where his understanding could possibly be coming from since he wasn't formally educated in the synagogue. We could also share the second section in this same kind of light. What does the story in the Responsive Reading tell us about the power of Mind to bestow wisdom?

Can we rely on Mind to give us the intelligence we need to overcome any kind of siege? What kinds of "sieges" do we see in the Bible stories this week in our lesson? Maybe we could look at the man with the withered hand as being held captive (under siege) by a genetic disorder or a disease of some kind. Couldn't we think of the man's son in Section 4 as being held prisoner, or under the siege of belief of a diseased or disordered mind in matter? How does the intelligence of Mind bring healing in these cases? Have the pupils share some thoughts about why these stories are included in this lesson on Mind. How does knowing that God is the source of all intelligence give us freedom and health? (We could look at the first part of the Scientific Statement of Being here too!)

Pycl #3: I love the final phrase in the Responsive Reading (R.R.) "…to depart from evil is understanding." That is such a pure statement. What do the kids think of that? See if we can first define "evil" as something that is simply not Godlike. We don't have to dismiss this statement as unhelpful if we are not thieves and murderers. I love the idea that whenever we choose to "depart" from a suggestion that comes to thought that is not from God, we are engaging in understanding, in knowing God/Mind!

So when the thought comes to us: "I'm tired", "I'm bored", "I'm feeling angry/hurt/resentful/sad/depressed/sick/scared…" we can dismiss these and replace them with the true thought that counteracts those false ones. In so doing we are departing from evil and our understanding of God is automatically deepened. This is Christian Science healing and demonstration! Have the children come up with the "evil". If they are floundering, or coming up with extreme examples, you can get the ball rolling by sharing a few of these ideas from above.

Pycl #4: What does the word "obedience" make the students think of? Does it summon up thoughts of doing things that we don't want to do? Of doing things just because we are told to do them? Of being a "goody goody"? Mind governs the universe with love, wisdom and intelligent power. When we are obedient to Mind, we then experience the infinite joy of Mind's Love, we find that we can draw on the infinite intelligence of Mind so that we have ideas that are creative, original, helpful, life-saving, joy-making.

When we are obedient to Mind we can be like that "poor wise man" that saved an entire city because he knew that Mind was the only Mind. Maybe saving a whole city seems out of reach to a child, but you can help them to understand that with infinite Mind as the source of their intelligence and wisdom, they can expect to find helpful ideas that bring peace and order and love to situations in their classroom, family, and in many other places.

Obedience to Mind is really the ultimate freedom to find joy and satisfaction that are deep and lasting. Keep in thought that the mortal mind will claim that this obedience is a restriction on "fun" of all kinds and on so-called "self expression". We can counteract this with this story in the R.R. This man didn't apparently have a strong personality, even his name is unremembered! But his life was clearly a worthy expression of obedience and love for his fellow man. In an age where we are often struggling with overvaluing rich and famous personalities, this is a worthwhile lesson, that true wisdom is genuine power. Fame is not.

Pycl #5: What are some ways that we see Mind expressed in our lives each day, in Sunday School? Where do our ideas come from? How can we tell if they might not be from Mind? Maybe we could make a two-column list and think of ways that Mind is supplying us with ideas, and maybe some ideas that don't really have that source! Maybe you could create a "balance" or a simple scale with a basket on each side. You could put a pebble on one side for each idea that is from Mind, and a feather on the other side of ideas that fall in the category of "evil" as we talked about in Pycl #3.

We never want to give the impression that evil has any true weight or power, hence the feather (you could use pieces of torn paper or something else light too). No matter how high we stack "evil ideas", they never can outweigh the power and substance of Mind's ideas! Then, when you have worked through this exercise, you could let them each blow away the lighter "evil" ideas to illustrate the concept that just a good "breath" of Spirit can blow them away! (This might be like how we "…depart from evil"! by the breath or inspiration of Spirit/Mind!)

Pycl #6: If our good, wise, creative, helpful thoughts are from Mind, then how old do we need to be to really do important healing work like the poor wise man did, or like Jesus did? How old was Jesus when he stayed behind on his own and spoke with the church elders? (As an example, not a restriction that we have to be at least twelve!) Do you have any examples from your own experience of such inspired thinking from when you were younger/a child? Or do you have examples from children of your own or that you know that you can share with the class? Here is a link to a testimony shared in the Sunday School ideas from the Mother Church this week. It tells of a teen's experience receiving wisdom from Mind that helped him rescue a dog and find healing of fear over a car accident. https://sentinel.christianscience.com/shared/view/44k8igr1ck?s=e
Feel free to find something from a younger person if that is helpful for your class!
Where did this young man get the idea to dig steps in the snow for the dog to climb?
How does the Bible citation from B15 seem relevant to this question?
Was this young man expressing love? Power?
Did he help the dog express soundness of mind/self government? Yes, yes, yes!!!

This is true for man and animal and our knowing of this one source brings it into our experience in ways that we can see it every day, not just on "special occasions"!

Have a ton of fun in Sunday School this week!

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