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[PYCL: See Love leading in each part of your day. Be expansive. Express love and joy to all. Purify love when someone bugs you. “Be bold & strong! Banish fear & doubt.” List situations outside your normal comfort zone where you could be a friend (1-4, 6)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Love”
for January 22, 2017

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

Pycl #1: See Love leading in each part of your day.
Our Responsive Reading (RR) this week assures us that there are so many ways that God's love for us is expressed. We can be grateful that He makes us glad, gives us success ("I will triumph in the works of thy hands."), is merciful to us, gives us gracious space to live and express our joy, takes away fear, and gives us life itself. These are certainly abundant reasons to see God as Love. When we recognize Love as the source of all good in our lives, we can see that we only succeed in "the work of [His] hands…" It takes the focus off of what we need to, or want to do, and puts that focus on Love, on Love's work, and on how we are reflecting the activity of Love. So, with that in mind, how can we see each activity of our day as an activity of Love reflected? It is difficult to be that fully conscious of each thing we do, but could we, like Daniel, pause to acknowledge Love in our lives maybe three times each day and share at next week's class what we might have gleaned? That assignment might take a midweek reminder! We can also come up with some ideas on the spot, from the previous week, given a minute or two to ponder the question!

Pycl #2: Be expansive. Express love and joy to all.
I really enjoy the visual and symbolic image of God/Love, setting "…me in a large place." (RR) I often feel like I need that "large place" desperately, especially in our rather small home with three boys and a grandmother in it. What does the Psalmist mean by a "large place"? Think about what the opposite of such a place might be. Bring in a box large enough for the students you teach, but small enough to be a tight squeeze. Have someone volunteer to climb into it. From that restricted position, might it be hard to express helpfulness? Energy? Movement? But what if we had all the space in the world to move and share and bless? Might we feel that we are able to be a full expression of Love and Life? How can we do this in our consciousness? Can we be more broad and inclusive in our affections towards others, include those that might not be just like us? Can we "break" the walls of that "box" and stretch past what might be comfortable for us as far as expressing our love and joy to others? Think here of the story of the Good Samaritan (B12). That man reached beyond the comfort zone of those that he knew and was friendly with. He helped someone whom he might normally have feuded with. This is being conscious of how Love has put each of us in that "large place". (See Pycl #6.)

Pycl #3: Purify your love when someone bugs you.
Share citation B2 together. Try having someone hide somewhere (it could be just simple, like under a table). Ask the children if God would have trouble finding them anywhere? What if they were to hide in a really tricky spot that no one could see? Check out the last phrase: "Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord." Is there anywhere that God is absent? How does this help us? If we think of Love as everywhere, what does that tell us when we are struggling with an unhappy relationship with someone at school or home? Mrs. Eddy tells us in citation S3 that "The more difficult seems the material condition to be overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love." A real sense of Love cannot be polluted by fear or anger or hatred. We can be sure that when we are really tempted with a difficult situation, like when someone really bugs us, that we can be even stronger in our faith and purer in our love for them, until the ugliness that we are perceiving melts away and we are left with only God's reflection. God really is everywhere, even when it seems hard to tell!

Pycl #4: “Be bold & strong! Banish fear & doubt…”
Have the children try memorizing citation B3 from the The Living Bible (This is shared in the My Bible Lesson) "…be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." What an awesome passage to have in your "back pocket"! Talk about what "bold" means, and what "banish" means (banish is forever!). Demonstrate with a gesture what banish might look like!

Pycl #5: List together what Christian Science is and does!
I was arrested by the thought that springs from citation S10 this week. Mrs. Eddy says that "This truth", the truth that it is God's/Love's joy, pleasure—to give us the kingdom—is Christian Science! This is what Love wants to do. It's not something we have to "achieve", but something that Love bestows on us. And this desire on Love's part is Christian Science. We reflect this by sharing and reflecting Love in all that we do, and so, demonstrating Christian Science. Everything we can do to shine a light on the fact that God/Love has given us this kingdom, is Christian Science. Christian Science, in this light, becomes something so much more than a "religion". Maybe you can list together what Christian Science is. Then match it up to this statement from Science and Health. It could be fun to make such a list together. How much of it is action words? If it is not a verb, is it Christian Science?

Pycl #6: List situations outside your normal comfort zone where you could be a friend.
When sharing the story of the Good Samaritan in Section 3, it is always helpful to ask how we can do as this parable encourages. The Science & Health citations really help in this effort. Think of citations S14 and S15, where she says that those who are spiritually rich, understanding something of God and Love, help those who aren't as aware of Love's presence and power—and so on. Elements of the story can be developed when we think about the reality of such a situation today. The man that was beat-up by the road might appear today as a disheveled homeless person sleeping on the sidewalk. (Obviously keeping issues of children's safety in mind), are we entirely comfortable, tender, loving and helpful when we see such a thing? Are we feeling like we have more important things to do? Are we just plain afraid? There are other examples that include acting with love, but outside most children's comfort zone. See if you can prepare a few of these together and think how we can respond. Sometimes it is as simple as being a friend or being friendly to someone with whom we aren't entirely sure we have anything in common.

Pycl #7: Take a marked walk to discuss ways Love is leading/designating/illuming/inspiring…
Take a look at citation S27 where Mrs. Eddy talks about how "Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way." Discuss each word. Hand out a flashlight and talk about how this can light up a path, how we can clearly mark a trail, and so on. How does Love do these things? How do we take more notice of these signs of Love? Maybe there is an answer to this in the sentence before? You could take your class for a pre-marked walk, a trail you set up inside or out. As you walk you can discuss ways that Love is leading/designating/illuming/inspiring…

Have a great Sunday… and beyond!

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