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PYCL: Dig deep into your spiritual being this week!  Dial in the K-LUV station!

Kerry Jenkins, C.S., House Springs, MO

[PYCL: Dig deep into your spiritual being this week! Dial in the K-LUV station! (#1)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Man”
for March 10, 2019

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

Pycl #1: We are digging deeply into man's true nature this week, his spiritual being. We all know that we appear to have this material sense of self, and we feed it, give it rest and exercise and so on, but in order to have the most joy, satisfaction, health and so on, we need to really have a sense of our spiritual, true identity. How do we get there? Well, the Responsive Reading this week mentions this: "This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise." What does that mean? How do we do this? This is what we are created for, so we must be doing that!

When we are acting in a way that is different from that, we are listening to the body essentially. It might be helpful to likening it to listening to a radio station [maybe K-LUV (Kingdom Love!)]. Do you have a little radio that is non-digital? If you do, you could demonstrate how if you spin the dial, you can get a bunch of different stations, but also a lot of static if you are "between" stations. God, Spirit, is always guiding us, speaking to us, and we can listen only when we are tuned in to the correct "station". The "body station" really can get loud sometimes and we might need to go into our spiritual "closet" that Jesus told us about and shut that "door"! Can you, as a class come up with some ways that we can do this? Maybe singing hymns. Sometimes, if you aren't feeling too ill, going for a walk can help us find that closet! See if you can come up with a list to post and add to, of practical ideas!

Pycl #2: In talking about listening and not listening to the body, we have a great story this week to which we can turn. The story of David and Bathsheba is one where David listened to his willful, bodily desires rather than to the truth that is always coming from Love. If your class is very young take a minute of your time beforehand to watch the "Veggie Tales" version of this story. It is a very clever rendition that gets away from the sexual issue here that might not be quite so easy to explain to the very young. The basic idea in their version is that the king has thousands of rubber duckies of his own and a huge fancy bathtub, but sees a lone duckie in Uriah's tub that he wants and takes it...you get the picture. It leans more along the lines of not wanting what is someone else's, but there is a very clear message of the original story. You could maybe retell it along these lines if that is useful, or reword the story from the Bible.

The point though is that our willful desires never lead to inspiration, happiness or good. We often want things, but we can really measure what we want against what we know of Love, Truth, Principle and find out if our desires are worth pursuing or worth purifying! Check out Mar Baker Eddy's statement about looking away from the body in citation S17. How do we do this? Similar to Pycl#1 here, but maybe enough different to think of ideas about how we can look towards Truth and Love, rather than thinking of "denying" the body. Can you think of something fun to do that expresses Life and Love, to replace the desire to behave in a destructive, angry, hurtful, sad way....?

Pycl #3: I like Mary Baker Eddy's language in citation S14 about chastity and "cement". Bring in a piece of concrete if you can. Talk about how concrete is made with cement, how strong is it, what it does? Why is chastity or purity the "cement of civilization." Is she just talking about marital faithfulness, about sexual purity? How can this apply to each and every one of us at every stage of life?

Can you bring something in like a glass of water, or a small bowl of chips or something and then demonstrate how they can go from a "pure" state to an "adulterated" one? Pour some dirt into the glass or bowl. What did that do to the water? Do you want to drink it anymore? What do we do after that? If we have thoughts that are not "pure", these include anger, hatred, sadness, sickness, and so on, what do we do?

What did David do? What is his prayer (B14)? Did he "wash" himself pure? Yes! He came to see that he did wrong and his wrong was so erased by his realization of his original state of goodness from God, that Bathsheba became the mother of the next king, Solomon!! (You can use the old idea of purifying with "flood tides of Love" as Mary Baker Eddy tells us, rather than the laborious job of picking out the dirt one fleck at a time, or the wrong in our experience one bad habit at a time.)

Pycl #4: Again, we have an example of purity vs. impurity in the next section where we have the woman that had the "issue of blood". Explain the way that she would have been regarded for those twelve long years. She would have been a total outcast, never welcome in society, she was considered unclean, untouchable.

Think together how you would feel if your mom or dad or friends would not have any contact with you for twelve years. Do you think you would feel very good, very pure? Or would you feel pretty icky? Jesus not only didn't worry about her touch, but saw it as the call for the Christ that it was. He saw her, not as an unclean, impure woman, but as the "...king's daughter...all glorious within:" B16. This was always her spiritual nature! It is ours as well.

Pycl #5: Once you've discussed Pycl#4, put a robe or sheet around the shoulders of one student. Have them close their eyes and have another student (or you) touch the bottom of the cloth that they are wearing. Can they feel that? Of course not. So what did Jesus really feel from her? Can they see why the disciples were so skeptical of Jesus' question about who touched him? Did he really mean that kind of "touch"? What does MBE say about it. (If you want you can explain that what she probably reached for were the prayer tassels that were part of a Rabbi's garment, and show a picture of that kind of garment. But either way, there would not have been a physical sensation from this connection between the woman and Jesus.

Pycl #6: How can we "commit" our "works unto the Lord"? B19. I love the sense that this brings, because it might initially seem backwards. Shouldn't we commit our thoughts first and then the works follow? Well, no! Have you ever tried to behave cheerfully when you are sad and found that the action of smiling, being kind, and so on, ends up making you feel actually happy? Why is this? Because this is our spiritual nature and we are actively "looking away from the body" or human will, and looking toward the Truth, our source of being! And Truth is supporting this effort on our part!

Try coming up with a list of ways that we can commit our works to God. What would that include? Maybe you come with a list that you have for yourself to get the ball rolling.

Have a great week in Sunday School!

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