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[PYCL: Simply love our brother better, be more unselfish, strive to do better each day. (1)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

July 19, 2015 on


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

Pycl #1: I was looking at the Golden Text this week like a plate of freshly baked cookies (obviously the water of life is a bit more important, but you get the idea). It is sitting there in front of us, being “freely” offered. It is being shared out of love and generosity, hospitality, tenderness and so on. What would keep us from taking one? Well with cookies like that maybe the only reason not to take one would be if you didn’t notice they were there. That could certainly be one reason why someone would ignore the water of life that God is offering. But another reason might be the sense that this water of life, while freely given, looks as if it comes with requirements—or strings attached.

Bring in a plate of cookies (freshly baked not required) and talk about this. Here’s the thing—I think kids (and adults!) sometimes feel like there are requirements in Christian Science that make it unappealing. There certainly are demands being made—Jesus, Moses, and many others pointed to and even bluntly stated that we needed to be obedient to God’s demands in order to experience the harmony that He bestows. But this is not because we have to “merit” this harmony. Obedience to goodness, to God, puts our thought in the right place to hear His messages of healing and harmony. Those messages are always freely given to us, everyone, we just don’t hear them when our thought is cluttered up with thinking about and even loving matter. Here are some passages you can look to in the lesson to stimulate this kind of thinking: 1. the R.R has the story of the Children of Israel and the waters of Marah….think over how this story relates to the “plate of cookies” analogy on a grander scale. These people had experienced a huge exodus from slavery, they were kept safe from a deadly plague just before leaving, they walked through a sea which closed up behind them. Now, three days later they were thirsty…really thirsty, no water in a desert! Ask:”would you ever distrust God again after walking through a parted sea?” Well, we do it all the time. First we know this story and many others from the Bible, second most of us have had a number of healings—yet we still struggle with fear and doubt don’t we? Isn’t this like ignoring the plate of cookies and just believing that it’s not available to us? 2. S3 3. S10 4. B8. The story of Naaman is particularly helpful because he really did have those “waters” available to him and at first refused them. You could have a whole class on this one! Elisha perceived that Naaman’s real need was not for physical healing but spiritual renewal. His servants pointed out to him that the requirement was simpler than some “great deed”. I think this is a perfect example of the goodness that God bestows on us, the freedom that Life gives. We may think we have to do some “great” deed, when really it is simply loving our brother better, being more unselfish, striving with diligence to do a bit better each day. 5. The woman at the well in citation B11 was another example of someone being offered something far greater than she was expecting when she went to the well to get water. 6. S19 7. Section 5 offers some thoughts on the fact that God does not offer good and bad. We can start at this place when we are faced with a situation that seems in conflict with that truth. Jesus certainly started there when he healed Jairus’ daughter. He put out the “matter cluttered” thoughts in order to freely take the waters of Life for the little girl.

So let’s review the “strings” that are attached to this freely given water and what the obedience to God brings: we have water in the desert—literally and figuratively—we have a total purification of life and healing of leprosy. We have a woman’s life transformed by the realization of the presence of the Christ. We have the truth that God brings only good, no evil—and hence a healing of a little girl, raised from the dead. Those are some pretty nice strings, I’d say!

Pycl #2: It seems like life, day to day, is filled with good things and bad.
When we look at matter for the evidence, there is no reconciling this contradiction. With your littler ones draw them a picture of a pine tree. (Mrs. Eddy uses the analogy of a pine tree growing peaches). Draw some beautiful peaches on it, ask them what they think. Have them tell you what the pine tree makes (bring in some pine cones!). Can it make anything else? Citation S22 starts with “Sickness, sin, and death are not the fruits of Life.” What are they? They are lies, “silly” pictures drawn in our thought. Jesus was able to let God’s Truth and Life draw true and living pictures in his thought so powerfully that he raised that little girl from death, and himself! We can do this too. (B13) If God is the only Life, (S23) then everything that doesn’t conform to His goodness, is a lie. You can talk here about perfect models too! S25. And citation S26 gives you some helpful instructions as to how to keep those models in your consciousness. Notice that in the story, Jesus “put out” the impure thoughts about life as including death when he chucked those people out before healing the girl.

Pycl #3: Show the kids how water and the water of Life “runs" through this lesson. Why? What does water represent? What’s the last thing most kids do before getting ready for bed, especially in the summer after a sweaty day? (baths?) This purity of thought, represented by water, is a source of life because it leads away from matter thought. I have shared the idea in the past of bringing in a small clear glass of water with some dirt in it and then pouring in from a pitcher, the clean water until the glass is all clean. This would be done over a bowl. The idea is that the dirt is never really part of that water; we just need to fill our thought with the pure water of Life and wash away the matter thoughts. But a really great, and mess-free, version of this experiment is given in a Daily Lift that Christie Hanzlik, one of our wonderful CedarS’ practitioners, created. It was reposted on Tue. July 14! Here’s the link. It would be great to share if you have a device that will work for you in class. Hope you can share it! This has video!!

Pycl #4: One reason why there is all this talk of water/springs/rivers/wells, in this week’s lesson is that often these things have a source that is continuous despite weather changes. This is symbolic of Life’s gift to man of eternal being. Our being is not dependent on matter and its ups and downs. Talk about how a spring works. I know there is a spring on CedarS property, it may be too far for a Sunday School field trip but springs are amazing things and the water they yield is so pure and cold. Think about citation B2 and how it speaks of the willows by the watercourse. If you are a plant of any kind, being next to a permanent source of water would be a way to assure your life. Isn’t that what being “planted” with God is like? It assures our joy, peace, health, love and so on.

Enjoy this rich lesson in Sunday School this week!

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