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[PYCL:  Talk of how man magnifies & make God clearer!]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lessons for:

The Christian Science Bible Lesson for September 8, 2013

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO
(314) 406-0041
[bracketed inserts by Warren Huff]

[PYCL 1:  Use Mirrors & “magnify his work(B2, PCYL 7)]
We have done this before but mirrors would be a great thing to work with this week.  There is also some room for a magnifying glass if you want.  The Golden Text and first section are full of references to mirror and reflection, so you can work together and “translate” the verses and text from both the Bible and the Science & Health.  To do this, try just reading a verse from the Bible, for example, and using only words in their modern form and kind of trying to say it the way you would talk if you were telling kids a story.  Find words that they know or define the ones that are over their head while you “read”.  I do this all the time when I “read” the lesson to my boys.  The oldest now reads along and says “hey, that’s not what is written here”, and we talk about how it’s written and what it means.  Don’t worry, they will get the true language throughout their lives, you aren’t depriving them of anything!  

[PYCL 2:   Awake with God’s likeness!]
I would fold citation B9 into your mirror discussion.  It has that verse about being satisfied when you awake with God’s likeness.  I love that verse because it speaks to how, when we are really “awake”, aware, understanding of the nature of our spiritual being, we can’t help being satisfied with our identity, because we will see that it truly is in God’s likeness.  What is unsatisfying about being made just like God?  In other words, you could say, that when we look in the mirror of divine Science, we see that we are really reflecting only God!  It is fun to see that the statement in citation S2 can be seen as a statement of fact rather than comparison.  In other words, when you look in the mirror that is divine Science, you see only that your reflection truly matches the original, God.  We should make sure that our “mirror” is that of divine Science, not some “fun house” version that gives a warped reflection of its original.

[PYCL 3:   See there’s no “body” in the mirror!]
Having talked together about these verses and about what mirrors do (and cannot do!), you can pull out a mirror, or hand out small mirrors for each student.  Let them make some faces etc. if they need to get that out of their system.  Then talk about what your reflection is.  Does it look like you?  Does it look just like you or sort of similar?  Can it ever decide to not do what you do?  Is it always with you, even if the mirror doesn’t seem to be there to show it to you?  Can it have its own ideas, thoughts activities separate from you?  Look at citation S3 and talk about how there is no “corporeality” in the mirrored form.  What does that mean?  What is Mrs. Eddy telling us here?  Talk about what that means as concerns our own human bodies.

[PYCL 4:  Compare play-money, counterfeit man & dreams!]
Now you can talk about counterfeits.  If you have play money at home you can share some around the table with the kids as an introduction to this subject.  Once they understand what counterfeit money is maybe you could talk about this as concerns the “counterfeit” man.  Our mortal body is a counterfeit of the spiritual body that God made us with.  Every part of us corresponds to a spiritual counterfact that is enduring, substantial, useful and indestructible.  Citation S7 uses the word “counterfeit”, but there are several applicable citations in this section. You can intermingle the subject of dreams here too, as a dream is much like a counterfeit experience from which we wake to see the “real experience”.  Mrs. Eddy here makes the point that this seeming mortal reality is no different than dream: it looks real, (like the play money is green, has faces on it, etc.), and it seems to have the ability to do things, but nonetheless it is worthless, without value, and merely a very distinct and compelling dream.  Most kids love to talk about their dreams, silly or scary or sometimes cool.  You may have to reign in any such discussions, but you can really use this analogy.  Most will be able to relate to the idea of a bad dream.  Do they call their mom or dad when they have one?  Do they wake up scared, laughing, excited, etc. from different dreams?  Do we spend any time after waking trying to continue for example, escaping from someone or something chasing us? We simply know that we are awake, that the dream wasn’t true.  Sometimes at night when you awaken, it is harder to shake the fear if it’s a bad dream.  But this too is a good analogy for the waking dream.  Sometimes sickness seems especially scary or aggressive.  That still doesn’t make it any more true or real!  Compare citation S10 to the Responsive Reading where it speaks of putting off the “old man”.  You can address Mrs. Eddy’s question about the “waking dream”.  Do we want to just live in a dream world, or strive and work a little harder to understand what is true and real?

[PYCL 5:   Discuss how Christ reveals the real man.]
This leads naturally into a discussion of how the Christ reveals the real man. These next sections really address the way Christ, truth, shines a light and illumines the real man, right where sometimes sick or sinning, mortal man seems to be.  This is what healing is about.  We shine the light of truth or Christ on our “dream” and it vanishes and reality is revealed.  I know that sounds simplistic as it is stated here, but you can bring it into a deeper conversation in your class.  Just as the mirror of divine Science gives us the only accurate reflection, so, the Christ shows us this same reflection, this “new” or true man. (B12 and S12)  I like that Mrs. Eddy states so clearly in citation S13 that we can only demonstrate our control over our bodies (matter), as we understand our inseparability from the Christ.  We see man’s glorious being, when we see the Christ, the spiritual nature of man, in one another.

[PYCL 6:   Show the freedom that comes with the laws of Christ!  Discuss how “matter is not the medium of man”.]
In section four we are again shown the liberty or freedom that we have when we follow the laws of Christ or God, both.  Also we are shown that the laws of Christ give us health, harmony and wholeness, whereas the laws of man (B15) would prevent sometimes, the revealing of our Christ-like nature.  Matter and material law is not what we are made of, and citation S17 tells us that the true Science of our existence, our being, becomes clearer to us when we really begin to understand that “matter is not the medium of man”.  What does that statement mean?  Is that something you can use in class with maybe the 3rd to 5th graders?

[PYCL 7:  Talk about how we magnify & make God clearer.]
There is only one verse that directly uses the word “magnify”, but I really love the idea of magnifying God or God’s work.  This is in citation B2: “Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.  Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.”  Ask the kids what a magnifying glass does.  Most will know.  Give the younger ones a magnifying glass and some small or detailed things to look at through it.  They may want a minute to try this out and that’s okay!  Then talk about how we can “magnify” God in some way, so that what we do can be “seen” from a long ways away.  Does this mean that it literally can be seen from far away?  Or does it maybe mean that the good thing that you do, that really shows God’s goodness, is something that can be recognized and loved and enjoyed by those around you?  You guys can decide what things might magnify God or God’s work every day.  Think about how a magnifying glass works and the detail it reveals.  That can be a great metaphor for how we reveal and shine our own light (or rather reflected light) on all that beauty of God.

Have a great Sunday; and, thanks for teaching!!

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