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[PYCL: Show healing is a revealing of what is true all along!
It’s not "matter fixing", but illusion dissolving! (#4, PS)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

"Unreality"
for October 1, 2017

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

Pycl #1: I love these passages about the tree growing next to the river, which always produces its fruit, no matter if it's a dry year—that always looks green, even in drought. There are two of these passages in this week's lesson, one in the Responsive Reading and one in the 6th section (B21). See if the children can think of what this analogy means. It may seem obvious to us, but not necessarily to them. Then see if they can figure out how that applies to them. Maybe you can share an example of this from your own experience. You might be able to give them a "for instance". Perhaps it would be a day where we wake up cranky and we have a difficult day that we are looking ahead of us in school. Maybe we have a class we don't enjoy or a test of some sort, or a challenging classmate… How might we take this as an opportunity to be like that tree planted by the river? If the river is Love's supply to us of all we need, then what is that river giving us so that we not only "survive" the challenging day, but actually thrive—are green and bearing "fruit"? Draw a huge picture of some trees with a big river flowing by. They could do draw it themselves too. What if we were to write in the river all the spiritual qualities we can think of that are supplying us with what we need to meet our daily challenges? You could have some paper fish cut out on which to write these qualities, then stick the fish to the river. Think about how the water could symbolize the "water of life" that Jesus talks about when visiting with the Samaritan woman at the well in the Bible. What would that water carry to us? What do the roots of the tree stand for when they are running deep and getting all that water that the river supplies?

Pycl #2: The next tree analogy that we can't pass by is the one from the Golden Text. Here in Missouri it is apple-picking season (just as in Germany where Rick lives, the writer of this week's Met). Ask the kids if they have been apple picking before. Would they expect to go the apple orchard and wonder if they would get apples? Mightn't they get some fine green beans from the trees instead? Do we know for sure that we'll get apples from those apple trees? Or is it a question? What do we get from God? Can we get sometimes good things, and sometimes bad? This week's lesson shows us why the things that seem bad in our lives, are not really true—hence the subject "unreality". Rather than get into an unproductive discussion of what is real and what isn't, think in terms of God and His Love for us. Would he make something bad to hurt us? Is he all-power? Is He all-good? Then, as a "tree", you can always go to God and expect answers, healing, goodness, always. Now how about us? How can we make sure that we are only producing good fruit? If we are watching what we do, we can be more and more relied on to dependably "bear good fruit". Maybe we are always counted-on to be cheerful. Maybe it's energy and joy. Maybe it's being good at figuring things out. We can also use this passage as a help in identifying what is not a good "tree" to mess around with!

Pycl #3: There is also the Adam and Eve passage in the first section that we can draw on. I've mentioned this idea before, but if you haven't tried it, it might be worth a go. Bring in something like a small bowl of M&M's. After class starts put them in the center of the table but tell them they can't have any of them. After a time, ask if they think it's fair to put something tempting right in front of them, and then tell them they can't have any? This is what "God" is supposedly doing in this chapter of Genesis. He is putting plenty of nice things around His creation, but at the same time, telling them that there is this one special tree that they can't touch…. Does God who is Love tempt us? Does He put a bowlful of M&M's on the table and then tell us we can't have any? Of course not! (Now they can eat them 🙂 That would be an unreal concept or idea of what God does. Christian Science tells us what is real about God—what we can rely on about Love!

Pycl #4: The Christ tells us what is true about God. (B5) We can learn some more this Sunday about what is true by reading the stories from the Bible and thinking about healings that we've had. In each case there was the "appearance" of something that wasn't actually true (palsy, leprosy, even death!). Healing is about revealing what is true all along, not about making bad things disappear or "get better". Christian Science shows us the truth about what is happening. This is a huge distinction, because the material senses seem good at telling us that we are sick, or in pain … and then that we are well. It can seem as if the sickness was there, and then the praying made it "go away". See if you can make this distinction clear for the students. We are in the reality revealing business, and not the "matter fixing" business. You might liken it to a dream. You don't need to fix the dream to make it go from bad to good. You just need to wake up from it!

Pycl #5: Read the "ghost story" at the end of the myBibleLesson.com and talk about how unreality is like that ghost. The link to the story is at https://journal.christianscience.com/web-originals/2012/a-ghost-in-the-kitchen in case you don't subscribe to that Bible lesson! How does Mark deal with this suggestion of a ghost in his kitchen? How is this like challenges that seem real to us? Do we sometimes feel fear in the cases? Sure! How about pain? But when we see that there is no cause other than Love, we can strip that pain and fear from our experience by seeing what is true. We can think of those apple trees, and the fact that they never make green beans! Fear, pain and all those evil things, are like illusions** the ghost in that story.

**Warren’s PS: Count the great number of times the word illusion is used in this week’s lesson. You might want to highlight and discuss examples of illusions. You may also want to read together citation S16 that starts with “When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you,… Allow… Let… Let…” If you also highlight these first words in each of the four sentences of this paragraph, you end up with the word W.A.L.L. That might be a good memory aid to help your more advanced students to memorize this helpful paragraph. Then they can repeat it whenever they feel like their backs are against a WALL, and know that it’s nothing but an illusion.

Hope you have a great Sunday!

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