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[Pycl: Share present & Lesson examples of feeling Love's healing presence & power! (#3)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson Ideas for Sunday School from the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Love”
for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 (**the afternoon you’re invited to CedarS premiere Zoom video)

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

Pycl #1: Start from Love’s "allness"— not from absence, or limitation.
Why is Love a synonym for God? Where does it say that God is Love in the Bible? Why does "perfect Love cast out fear"? Remind the little ones that "perfect" means "whole" or "complete". Show them (once again) something that is whole, like a whole fruit of some kind. Within that fruit there is nothing but that fruit, composed of fruit, seeds, skin. There is nothing inside but the fruit! In the same way, in a creation made of, composed of Love, by Love, there is no room, space, for fear.

When we experience fear, we are entertaining a lie, that God, Love, is not governing! You can bring in citation S2 to illustrate this point where Mary Baker Eddy says: "The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind,–that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle." p.275:14-17. We start from this "allness", not from absence, or limitation.

There is no question that we sometimes experience the appearance of fear, pain, sickness, sadness in our lives. Learning to identify Love's presence and power in the middle of these experiences is our way to find freedom from these lies. These are lies of human origin. Every day we can work on our skills of identifying Love's presence and power right in front of us. List ways that we each see Love's activity and power on a daily basis. How are these examples showing the perfection, completeness of Love in our lives? You can also bring into the discussion this statement from cit. S6/p.494:10-11. They can memorize it if they don't know it already! "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need." Can you share an example from your life that illustrates this statement? Healing stories/testimonies are always great to share with younger children (and older ones!!).

Pycl #2: Write out, show and repeat simple sentences to help heal suggestions of separation.
Having already mentioned the statement that begins: "The starting point of divine Science…" Let's write that out in simple terms. Have the students reword just the essence of this statement: "The starting point of divine Science is that God is All-in-all". It doesn't have to be the whole statement. Write this out on a large paper, or in bold print to hold up to your computer. Then, go down to cit. S5/p.91:5 where it tells us that if we want to have "true spiritual growth" we must "rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God"–"and obey only God". So, get yourselves two, boiled-down, sentences.
Where do we start if we want to demonstrate these rules of healing? With God's, Love's, allness.
Where do we start if we want to make spiritual progress? We have got to get rid of thinking of ourselves as separate beings from God/Love.
Does this go back to the perfection idea? If we are part of that completeness or wholeness, we are part of allness, and hence never separate in being from Love. I think this sort of work can be done with the littles even, just keep the two statements simple and repeated.

Ask questions about what makes us feel separate from Love? Maybe, when we are disobedient to what we know is right? When we are afraid or sick? When we feel angry or sad? How do we heal these suggestions of separation?

Pycl #3: Share present & Bible Lesson examples of feeling Love's healing presence & power!

I think Bible stories are always the way to go. Make sure you read the story of Ruth, feel free to find a newer translation if it seems helpful. [Or, you could download a simple slide show telling of almost any Bible story like this one of Ruth and Naomi and use Zoom’s Share Screen feature.]
Why would Ruth follow her mother-in-law rather than go home to her family of origin?
What did Ruth see about Naomi's understanding of God that made her want to follow her?

Did Ruth maybe make a practice of seeing this activity of Love around her on a daily basis?
Did her life experience at the beginning of the story seem like it pointed to Love's always meeting her need? After all, she lost her father-in-law, her brother-in-law, and her husband… But these challenges led her to Israel, to Boaz, to being the grandmother to Jesse, great grandmother to king David. Love is always there, but it sometimes takes some effort on our part, some trust on our part, to see this care, but it is there!

There are stories also of Jesus healing a leper and the nobleman's son [& can be seen by clicking “View Slide Show” &/or “Download Image Set” at: FreeBibleimages :: Jesus heals the leper :: (Luke 5:12-16) and FreeBibleimages :: Jesus heals the Official's son in Capernaum (John 4:43-53
Here are video versions: https://vimeo.com/160924916 and https://vimeo.com/160922524] How are these stories in citation B12, Mark 1:40-42 and B13, John 4:46-53, examples of Love at work? Why were they chosen specifically for this Bible Lesson? All healing has Love at its root. It comes from a place of Love. Most often when we have a healing, and we try to describe it, we think of it in terms of feeling the presence of Love! You can compare this to how we feel when our mom or dad hugs us, or sits on our bed when we are going to sleep, or when we aren't feeling well. These are examples of how we can feel Love's presence through our parents. We can also feel Love's presence and power in other ways! Think of and share examples together.

Pycl #4: How do "right motives" help "lift", or rise to a more inspired way of thinking?
In Section 4, cit. S19/p.454:17-21 Mary Baker Eddy refers to how "Right motives give pinions to thought…." What are pinions? Bring in a big flight feather to illustrate what a pinion is. Explain that these are the "flight feathers'', the ones that are necessary to give the bird lift, get it in the air. How do "right motives" help "lift", or make our thought "fly", rise spiritually to a more inspired way of thinking?

What do motives have to do with healing? Give examples of bad & good motives. A lesser motive for sharing a plate of cookies might be that you are hoping someone will give you something in return. Maybe you could make a few paper airplanes with messages of love that might come from higher "motives". Even if you meet online you could do this together over Zoom. If it gets out of control you could have them save the planes for after Sunday School.

Pycl #5: Forgiveness can start by handling fear of lack by knowing Love is providing for all.
I think it’d be fun to work on Section 5 together where we have Jesus telling Peter how often we should forgive our brother cit. B15/Matthew 18:21, 22. Why do the students think that we worry about how many times we should forgive, or just how loving we should be? Looking through the Science and Health portion of this section is helpful in answering this question.

I think that lack of forgiveness is sometimes based on the fear that there isn't enough good for all. Is this the case? What about when Jesus took a few loaves and fish and fed multitudes? Is the principle behind this abundance true today? (This might be a good time to touch on motives again. What were Jesus' motives for doing feeding the multitude? Was it to look awesome? Was it to prove that he was really spiritual? No, Jesus was concerned about the people having to walk a long distance to their homes without having eaten anything. That is such a lovely, humanly thoughtful motive!) But the point is that there is enough good to go around so that we don't have to concern ourselves with what others are doing. We can turn to Love and find that all our needs are met and supplied by Love's allness.

Look at cit. S26/p.518:15-19 and we find Mary Baker Eddy's statement that we are blessed when we see our brother's need and supply it, "…seeking [our] own in another's good." We don't have to constantly "look out for ourselves". Love is providing for all. We can tie this study in with our earlier look at how we need to recognize that we are never separated from God, in order to progress spiritually.

Think of this…if we recognize that we are one with Love, when would we feel like we cannot forgive someone? All around us is Love loving us, caring for us. Could someone else take away from that by their actions? If it feels like that to us, we can be sure that we are entertaining a sense of self that is separate from Love.

Have a great week in Sunday School.


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