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[PYCL: Discuss Bible illustrations of how new, Spiritual views change everything! (5)
Catch wind in a box to bring inside. (2) Write uplifting qualities of Spirit on paper kites. (3)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Spirit”
for February 10, 2019

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

Pycl #1: Spirit is one of those synonyms that isn't always easy to describe, except in terms of it being the opposite of matter. But what is that opposite, how do we describe it? The Bible describes Spirit throughout this lesson. Find several passages together that might best describe Spirit. For example: Citation B4 speaks of how we cannot see/hear, etc. what Spirit/God has prepared for us, but we can discern it with our spiritual senses. This is also pointed out in the Golden Text. You may want to find the two passages in Science and Health where Mary Baker Eddy (MBE) defines spiritual sense. (pp. 209:31, 505:20-21)

Breath, inspiration, and wind are linked to the word Spirit. See citations B2, B6, B11. Why would wind/breath/inspire be good words to describe Spirit and Spirit's action? You can see the action of the wind when trees move; you can feel it on your skin. But it is not visible except through its actions. Something to ponder. Also, interesting to think about inspiration, we literally "breath" in God's goodness, presence, understanding, and so on. Another way we can think about Spirit is as presence. See citations B8, B19. How does knowing God as Spirit lead us to His ever-presence? Think in terms of the limitless nature of Spirit. Can it be confined?

Pycl #2: Bring in a box and take the students outside, weather permitting. If the weather is not good, find or bring a small fan. Talk about the wind as an image to think about Spirit. Then have them feel the wind on their hands. If they lick a finger or get it damp, they can feel the wind on it better if it is not a windy day. Have them think about how wind can surround you, be up high and down low. Then hand them the box you brought and ask them to catch some wind in the box to bring inside with you. What do they find? Is that a bit like how Spirit cannot be contained in matter? (You could also make paper fans that you wave to make a breeze).

Pycl #3: Extending that wind analogy…what if you bring in a kite or a small cut out, in a kite shape, with a tail and everything. Each child could have one to take home. What does the wind do with a kite? Does the kite have to tell the wind what to do? Does the wind have to work hard to lift the kite into the sky? The wind cannot be confined in matter, but it can lift our spiritual understanding to great heights when we let this "wind" move under our "wings" like birds—or kites! You can work with some qualities of Spirit that lift our thoughts to joy, healing, etc. and write them on their cut out paper "kites". Or you can write them on a big kite that you bring in to share with the class.

Pycl #4: You cannot leave this lesson without talking about how Spirit is the source of our individuality. This is illustrated beautifully throughout. For example in citation S6 we are told that Spirit supplies our "form and comeliness". We are not spiritual creations that are somehow "formless/amorphous". But continued study through these sections helps us take steps away from defining our individuality in terms of matter. Can you describe yourself using no material terms? Perhaps we can define ourselves in terms of how we act, what we express?

Pycl #5: I always enjoy pondering how each Bible story illustrates the subject of each Bible lesson. How do the stories in this lesson tell us about Spirit? Nicodemus' story helps us see that we need to look away from a material origin and see ourselves born anew each day from the standpoint of Spiritual origin. Our thoughts about ourselves can be fresh, new, each day.

The lame man in citation B13 certainly needed a fresh, spiritual view of himself! He was looking nowhere near Spirit when he asked Peter and John for help, right? What invigorated and brought health to his legs that had never worked in all his life? How were they able to even hold him up? Spirit is what we are made of and not matter. This task was impossible in every way for matter to achieve. This was a change of consciousness.

How about the story of Cornelius? Did he and Peter get a more spiritual view of Spirit's creation as all-inclusive? This might go with the idea of the nature of Spirit's ever-presence. If Spirit is everywhere, it must also be all-inclusive. Also there is a strong correlation with Spirit as Creator. As such Spirit must include all creation in this work.

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