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PSST - PSST: Use a spiritual sense magnifier! Stop wasting energy examining life as if it were in matter

Merrill Boudreaux, CS -- St. Louis MO

[PSST: Use your spiritual sense magnifier! Stop wasting energy examining life as if it were in matter… (#1)]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:


“Soul”

for February 11-17, 2019


prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.

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P.S.S.T. Golden Text & Responsive Reading (RR) – There is much to rejoice about in this Lesson. Primarily it showcases our oneness with God, Soul. What qualities of man are mentioned in the Responsive Reading (RR) that helps one identify with this oneness?

  • he that hath clean hands
  • he that hath a pure heart
  • he that is not vain
  • he that hath not been deceitful
  • he that is meek
  • he that fears the Lord

Ask students to share what they think each of those phrases mean. Now here are the big questions:

  1. Does practicing these qualities help draw one nearer to God?

Or

  1. Does the practice open our thought to see what is already at hand that causes us to rejoice?

Be careful about the response of drawing nearer to God, for that would assume we are separate from God and have to strive to get back to Him. The second response aligns with the truth that our identity is intact and that our being is one with God as reflection or expression. What does practicing the above qualities deliver us from? Perhaps from spending our energies on examining life as if it were in matter, or criticizing others because we believe they are evil or separate from God, or telling lies about ourselves or someone else. Can Soul, God, ever show forth anything less than beautiful, harmonious, abundant, gracious, pure, perfect?

Let’s see what else this Lesson will tell us.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What does the word “magnify” mean in citation B1? If your students have been to CedarS, they have experiences with looking more deeply using the magnifier time when studying the daily lesson. Magnify allows one to look more closely at what is—to go deeper than the surface—to reveal. Magnifiers do not create something, but reveal that which might not be readily observable or apparent.

How does the Psalmist express magnifiers in citation B2? Looking at the universe, the heavens, the stars, to see the excellence, the magnificence, of what Soul, God, made.
Ask students if they know of any discoveries individuals have made by looking more closely at that which was already made or existent before they looked more closely?
Discovery of gravity, other planets, solar systems, atoms, subatomic particles, quarks.
How about discovering qualities of a person or friend that might not have been apparent when we first met them?

In citation B3, what does Isaiah tell us about Soul, our Creator’s, view of its creation? Read verses 6 and 21.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What is the prayer of request in citation B5? – “…send out thy light and thy truth…” What is the nature of light when considering the role of magnifying?

Look at citation B7; what is the role of light in that citation? We see God’s countenance in the face of each other. What qualities are revealed with that view? Grace, peace.
Aren’t those significant qualities of Soul desirable when we look at others?
Do we desire that others see grace and peace when they look at us?

Moses brought the two tablets inscribed with what is called the Ten Commandments. What do you think is the purpose of those Commandments? –
(1) To draw us nearer to God? or
(2) To open our thought to reveal what is already so, especially as we go about our daily activities of loving and caring for each other?

Remember, no one is ever separate from God, Soul, our Creator. See citation S9.

By the way, even though we use the term “man” – please understand that “man” is a generic term; it includes woman as well. Read citation S11 to affirm this accurate statement.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What is the prayer request in citation B11?
Isn’t that a wonderful magnifier to use always when we are interacting with others?
Or, when we are observing the universe?

Sometimes individuals may be tricked into believing, “I better get mine before someone else takes it, or before it is all used up, or gone before I get my share.” This view plays into the false belief that good is limited and there is not enough good to go around.
Read together citation S12, especially lines 29-11. This is your counter-fact.

See how this was exhibited differently by Nabal and Abigail in the story in citation B14. How is citation S15 also a magnifier? Does this magnifier (1) draw us nearer to God, or (2) open our thought revealing what is already at hand?
What magnificent qualities to behold: unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love, the kingdom of heaven, truly exhibiting or revealing grand and noble lives.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Answer the query in citation B15: “O God, who is like unto thee!” Isn’t the answer – everyone, every idea, every thing that God, Soul, has made?

How insightful of King Saul to reach out to a shepherd boy to make beautiful music. Rather than rejecting the boy as less than himself, King Saul was benefited and released from his sadness.

Read together from Science & Health 495:14. Isn’t this a magnifier as well?
Some Christian Scientists have referred to this as the WALL paragraph by using the first letter of the first word in key sentences:

  • When the illusion…
  • Allow nothing but His likeness...
  • Let neither fear nor doubt…
  • Let Christian Science, instead…

Here is another magnifier that serves as a sure defense. [See more in Warren's PS#4b.]

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What do you think the healings of Jesus mentioned in this section tell us about man’s identity being forever intact and never separated from him, regardless of a false picture presented by those without a magnifier?

Read together Hymn 221 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words shown here):

O Jesus, our dear Master, Thy works, now understood,

Reveal their full effulgence Through love and brotherhood.

Today Christ's precious Science Thy healing power makes plain:

With joy may all obey thee And cast out sin and pain.

The Christ, eternal manhood, As God's own Son beloved,

A tender ever-presence Within each heart is proved.

O God, our Father-Mother, Thy name we see expressed

By man, who in Thy Science Is perfect, holy, blessed.

O Science, God-sent message To tired humanity,

Thou art Love's revelation Of Truth that makes us free.

Thy kingdom, God, within us Shows forth Love's sweet control.

God's idea, man, rejoices; He knows the reign of Soul.

(Hymn. 221:1–3)

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Will you rejoice, you who “knows the reign of Soul”?

Read together citation B23. How will you commit to praise God, Soul?

Go back to the qualities listed in the RR:

  • Have clean hands
  • Have a pure heart
  • Have no deceit (tell no lies)
  • Be meek
  • Fear (love) the Lord

The infinite nature of Soul, God, is also your infinite nature. What do citations S29 and S30 tell you about your nature:

  • It is immortal
  • It is exempt from age or decay
  • It is glorious and radiant
  • It is perfect

That is a wonderful magnifier. Will you use it as the lens to view your life and its work this week?

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