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BONUS#1: Warren's Golf Ball versus Egg analogy relates to the testing of one's spiritual resilience "to reach the absolute center and circumference of his being." (S&H 262: 15, citation S9).

I wanted to better understand the applications of this passage by Mary Baker Eddy when it appeared in the Christian Science Bible Lesson a few decades ago, so I decided to dissect a spherical object that had a center and circumference. When I thought about what had a resilient core (center) and a tough shell (circumference), a golf ball came to mind. So, I clamped one in a vise and hack-sawed it in half. I found an inner rubber ball wrapped tightly in rubber-band material that snapped as it was cut. (See my dissected golf ball shown as the first Download in the upper right of this BONUS online.)

I have reasoned many times since then with myself and with Sunday School students (who I let handle the cut-up ball), that, like a rubber band, we, as spiritual ideas, are made to be stretched, remembering that "whatever stretches you, blesses you."

These clearer, higher views inspire the God-like man" (you!) to bounce back from all kinds of hard knocks and throw-downs. In fact, like a golf ball, you as an "immortal idea of God," a spiritual idea, will bounce back higher the harder you are thrown down. (The best bounce-higher example is the resurrection and ascension of Jesus after his crucifixion.)

On Easter I often contrast the resilient characteristics of golf balls (and of us as spiritual ideas) with the easily broken shell (circumference) and squishy core (centre) of an egg which splatters more the harder it is thrown down. We discuss how the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy tell us of our Genesis 1 spiritual origin as opposed to having an egg or dust origin. I usually quip that "If you think that you started out as an egg, you're very likely to end up scrambled."

Then, to turn things into thoughts and "strengthen our shells" so as to not crack easily, we often read together Mary Baker Eddy's counsel against having a fragile, easily ruffled or touchy disposition in "Taking Offense" and article in Miscellaneous Writings, page 223:24. (This fits CedarS 2018 metaphysical theme verses from I Corinthians 13 on living love, where Paul says "Love is not easily provoked"…to splatter yoke. When easily provoked you might say, "the yoke's on you.")

BONUS#2: Even if circumstances seem to have us thrown down to the depths of hell, "Whither Shall I Go from Thy Spirit" from Psalm 139 in the Responsive Reading comforts us with assurance of the uplifting ever-presence of Spirit. We can sing together of this in Hymn 599, "Whither Shall I Go from Thy Spirit", in the 2017 Christian Science Hymnal.

This psalm is a favorite song at several camps and is especially lovely when sung with the descant. You can hear another version of it (and buy a 50th Anniversary trilogy of CedarS CDs all for $25 to go totally to camperships) at

BONUS#3: A 2ND POEM by Ken Cooper for this lesson on Spirit appears as a DOWNLOAD (in the upper right corner of the online version of this BONUS) in both color and black ink versions. (This is also true with Ken's first first poem for this lesson, "The Breath of Spirit").

Ken comments on "The Sword of the Spirit", his second poem this week, "I love the message that when we do not give error a glance we prove its nothingness, as long as we are putting on the armour of Spirit. This changes the treatment from ignor-ance (which is not Christian Science) to using the Sword of the Spirit (which is!)."

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