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[PYCL: Turn to God for joy! "Compost" every weed” to enrich the soil of thought!]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for The Christian Science Bible Lesson for

July 5, 2015 on

“God”

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

Pycl #1: Turn to and glorify God. Compost every “weed” to enrich the soil of thought!
How do we glorify God? Can you come up with a huge list? Let them write it up on a big sheet of paper in a colorful crayon or marker. Look at each suggestion and ask together what would keep us from expressing that quality that glorifies our Father-Mother? For example: “being joyful” might be one way we can glorify God. What would try to keep us from expressing joy? Maybe a sad incident, a sibling or friend, a chore we don’t want to do, sickness… Then what can we do about these suggestions? Did God cause them? Is God’s power behind them? Do we have the ability and power as God’s reflection to dig up these erroneous weed thoughts by the root and dump them on the “compost pile”? Speaking of compost piles… do you know what they do? When tended properly, they turn weeds, sticks, vegetable kitchen scraps, etc. back into lovely, nourishing soil for the garden. When we root up bad thinking and make the heroic effort to turn to God for our joy, this experience of exercising our divine power (reflected from God), enriches the soil of our thought. Our thought will more readily “grow” joy, peace, love, healing ideas, and so on, because we have the richness of experience that is brought on by healing and overcoming the lies of mortal mind! Cool, huh? (I might be tempted to bring samples from my compost pile in different—non-smelly stages). Knowing what we can do to glorify God is only one step, annihilating the suggestions that would keep us from glorifying God is essential as well!

Pycl #2: Open the doors and gates of thought to God’s attributes.
I mention this is this week’s Met, but I think you could do some kind of actual game in class with younger students. Ask them what doors and gates do. Look at Ps. 24:7 in the Responsive Reading. If we “lift up” our thoughts and keep them full of God’s attributes (many in this week’s lesson such as: beauty, power, healing, mercy, peace and grace), we are then opening those doors to all of God’s glory and blessing throughout our day. You could act this out with the really young ones, either with a door in your building, or with your hands and arms representing a gate that lets in God’s goodness and keeps out error’s suggestions. Welcoming “the king of glory/God and His Christ makes all the difference in what we see going on around us! Can you think of a healing instance where your uplifted thought took a situation that might not have looked like it glorified God, and you were able to actually feel, see, welcome in God’s power and presence? This would have certainly resulted in a wonderful healing. This can be a very every day occurrence!

Pycl #3: Visualize beauty that is not “in” matter.
Can you picture beauty that is not contained in matter? When I look out the window at the bright goldfinches on my flowers, I see brilliant color, usefulness (they are picking aphids off the stems and eating and spreading the seeds from the flowers), energy, delicacy and balance as they perch on a slender stem, grace, alertness, and much more. Some of these qualities seem contained in matter, like color, but we can also look at this as the color of spiritual individuality, variety, and beauty. We can certainly appreciate these qualities as they pertain to spiritual identity rather than material. And spiritually they glorify God in a limitless way, since matter is mortal and limited. Can you and your students list some qualities of beauty that are visible that are not material? Practice makes perfect!!

Pycl #4: Why is God’s power important?
Power combined with Love means that God cares for, and acts on His love for His creation. So we really do care that power is an attribute of God. We might see this power through other attributes such as His majesty and beauty reflected in a tall mountain or a magnificently beautiful scene in nature. Another place where we experience His power is in His “sanctuary” (B6). What is this sanctuary? Is it like the closet Jesus tells us to go into when we pray? Talk about what a sanctuary is. Why would we see God and His power more clearly in a place that is a sanctuary from matter and material thought? Can we create that sanctuary for ourselves? How might we do this? Show a picture of a wildlife sanctuary. What did those who created the sanctuary do to make sure it was preserved for the wildlife that lives there? Did they create a border that is marked so all know where it is? Did they hire rangers to make sure that everyone respects the rules of a sanctuary? You guys go on together to speculate on these things. Then talk about how this might translate into a spiritual sanctuary and what each thing you’ve mentioned represents spiritually.

Pycl #5: Never agree that matter can destroy anything good. Give such lies “the boot”!
Citation S8 tells us to “…rejoice that we are subject to the “divine powers that be.” We can practice this actively and glorify God by being obedient. When we are struggling with some sort of sadness we can openly rejoice in, and claim the joy that is ours through reflection, by no personal power of ours. We do have to stand up to any thoughts that contradict the beauty of God’s reflection and power, but we can overcome those destructive thoughts. When we feel sad, for example, or left out, what can we do? Don’t agree that it is “normal”, “necessary”, and that we just have to put up with it until it passes! Use that reflected power of God to give such thoughts “the boot”. You can demonstrate this with the younger classes by acting out a kicking motion, or build them a pretend “boot” or “shoe” on a short stick with which they can “kick” a bad thought off the table. This is truly glorifying God and His power, and goodness for everyone to witness and rejoice in.

Pycl #6: Exercise the real glory of God—His complete government (including healing).
Why do we play, exercise, jump, run, swim, etc.? It’s fun, it feels right, and it is good to use our bodies in a natural and normal way! We get to see things and do things and enjoy a limitless variety of things through this exercise. Why do we exercise our thought? The same qualities apply really! Do we reap the benefits of grander views from climbing a mountain, or deeper inspiration from reading an excellent book if we never actually climb a mountain or open a book? Obviously not! In the same way we get to experience healing as we exercise the attributes and qualities of God in our daily lives. Talk about these things. If we just “describe” a pretty view, or give a book report, does that convey the same thing as experiencing it for ourselves? Just so, when we want to share something of God’s glory it is best done through exercising His goodness, through healing and rejoicing in every activity. Others can witness this and benefit from it, and we can do the same witnessing other’s demonstration. But nothing works like our own demonstration!

Pycl #7: Be merciful! Mercy gives us a bigger world to live in.
What is mercy? When we feel the opposite of mercy—anger, resentment, hatred, injustice—we are stuck in our own “head”. Our thoughts just keep coming back to ourselves and never seem to settle into peace. When we work to replace those thoughts with mercy and love, we find our world stops revolving around ourselves. We are aware and enjoying others. We want to share and bless and love. Maybe you could bring bottle of cheap soda and take it outside. What is happening chemically when you shake it up? Simply put, the molecules are reacting with each other and expanding. (Now I know you could use this in an opposite way, but this is more fun). This action of rubbing “shoulders” with each other—loving each other, rejoicing in others—expands our love and mercy exponentially. When we take the “lid” off the bottle or can, we “shower” that mercy everywhere. (Here’s where you go outside and take the lid off after shaking it a lot—diet soda or soda water works best 🙂 Soda water is harmless and maybe if your class isn’t too large you could give each kid their own bottle to shake…

Have a great Sunday!

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