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Christ Jesus shows how to overcome all challenges!

Christie Hanzlik, C.S., Boulder, CO
Posted Saturday, April 11th, 2020

Christ Jesus demonstrates how to overcome sin, disease and death!
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?”
for April 12, 2020

Prepared by Christie C Hanzlik, CS
ccern@mac.comchristiecs.com
*updated website coming later this week

It’s difficult to imagine another moment in world history in which the question asked in the subject of this week's Bible Lesson could be more pertinent. In the midst of dire reports of deaths from the covid virus, Christian Scientists around the globe are daring to ask, "Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?” Out of context, the question could seem insensitive or naive. But, of course Christian Scientists are not naive and care deeply about every life impacted by the international pandemic.

The question, "Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?” opens thought to a way of knowing that can heal rather than limit mankind. This is no “bland denial” of what is happening. This is about awakening consciousness to a "higher and more permanent peace" that results in “victory over the grave.”

This question leads us to assert our divine right to look beyond the jarring appearance of world events, overturn injustice, and identify a reliable source of healing. Right when the horrid symptoms of disease seem most aggressive, is right when we can hear God’s voice—the Christ comfort—the loudest. Right when the “earthquake, wind, and fire” of media reports are screaming at us the loudest, the “still small voice” roars like a “lion in a desert," and leads to healing—a calm awareness of our oneness with divine Love that we can see, hear, feel and know.

"The 'still, small voice’ of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe's remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, 'as when a lion roareth.' It

is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear." (SH 559:8–12)


The Christian Scientist’s ability to hold steadfastly to a calm certainty of good even while being surrounded by grim news comes from being grounded in the word and works of Christ Jesus, the Wayshower. Christ Jesus certainly faced grim news as he was betrayed by his disciples, and hung on the cross. But this was not the end of his story. Before, during, and after the “crisis” of the cross, Christ Jesus demonstrated the unreality of sin, disease and death. He did not accept this trio of doom as the facts of existence, but overturned them with love, selflessness, and eternal being.

What a gift to us that this Sunday is Easter, a special celebration of the resurrection. This holiday can have special meaning to us this year, as we strive to follow Jesus' example of overcoming sin, disease, and death. No one could say that Christ Jesus didn’t face sin, disease and death head on…he faced all three on the cross. And his victory, demonstrated in the resurrection, was a promise to us all that healing is a present possibility. This is the type of healing the world needs right now. Our global community seems to be carrying a cross of sorts, and the Wayshower—Christ Jesus—has already demonstrated the universal and omnipotent power of Love that is greater than any crisis. As Christ Jesus faced and overturned the pain and death of crucifixion, he overturned the reality—the supposed power—of sin, disease and death.

If someone asked me to define “sin, disease, and death" according to the Science of the Christ, I would say something like:

sin: the belief that we are unworthy because we’re struggling; the belief that we can be separate from ever-present good

disease: an exaggerated awareness of self/body that seems to prevent us from loving, giving, shining, caring, praying, and being the full expression of Love

death: the belief of an end to existence

In his three days in the tomb, Jesus overturned all three of these concepts, showing that we cannot be separated from ever-present good, that we cannot help but to express Love fully, and that—just as there is no beginning to creation—there is no end to existence. Not only was the Christ—the Word of God—not killed on the cross, it was amplified. And this demonstration 2000+ years ago is 100% true and valid today.

With this current crisis, we can move beyond a mere “this-too-shall-pass” mentality. The idea “this too shall pass” suggests that we can just wait out a problem and everything will return to how things were. It suggests that “time heals all wounds” or that we can struggle through something and get past it eventually. But this is not how real healing works. True healing is about more than just struggling through our difficulties. True spiritual healing never leaves us where it finds us. Healing is progress, and we can expect that real global healing means more than a mere return to where we were. We can expect to be transformed, like Christ Jesus in the tomb…ready for a full resurrection moment. As we “individually and collectively” discover a greater sense of gratitude for even the commonest of interactions, as we feel a deeper and more spiritual love for our neighbors and our enemies, and as we recognize with newfound dominion that nothing can stop or interrupt the Christ, we are finding healing in the midst of what seems to be a world crisis. Rather than being in the midst of crisis, we can pray by affirming that we are in the midst of a worldwide awakening to a greater awareness of what is good, true and eternal.

Far from being insensitive, when we choose to ask the question “Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?,” it is a call to arms to let the Christ-truth (the Word of God) overturn, overturn, overturn a false verdict for all mankind, and to let our healing light shine.

Golden Text (GT) and Responsive Reading (RR)

Where can we start our prayer for the whole world? The GT gives us a great suggestion. No matter how dire the circumstances, we start with gratitude: " . . . thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Specifically, the author here was writing about victory over death, or, in other words, victory over the belief of an end to existence. Victory does not mean a return to a former way of knowing. Victory means progress, dominion, triumph, and salvation. Victory exalts!

The first line of the RR comes from the account of Jesus’ baptism. I find this instructive because divine Love is saying "Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” even before Jesus had accomplished his major works and proved himself. This gives me great comfort. Divine Love considers us beloved children—not because we have accomplished anything or because we have already overcome great difficulties—but just for being. Just like you and I love a newborn baby even before she learns to talk and walk, God loves us before we master the whole Science of Being. We need God most when we’re struggling the most, so why would God abandon us at our moments of need? This would be nonsensical. God loves us unconditionally. Many of us seem to be way too critical of ourselves, which is a form of sin—the belief that we’re separate from good. But right here in the Responsive Reading, we have proof that we are God’s beloved children, in whom he is well pleased.

In the remainder of the RR, we find the story of Jesus being tempted three times. It seems to me that this is what the body tries to do to us. The body suggests pain and discomfort, and tempts us to think (1) we are separate from good…sin, (2) that something can stop us from fully expressing good…disease, and (3) that we should fear that there is an end to being…death. Those are three temptations for sure! Of course, it’s not just the body that tempts us away from a harmonious sense of good. Media reports, strong personalities, political strife, and financial injustice all seem to be temptations that suggest that there is a power greater than good. But we can follow Christ Jesus in the Way, and reject these temptations. We can reject sin (the belief of separation from good), disease (the belief that we cannot fully express God’s goodness) and death (the belief that existence ends) and declare LOUDLY: "Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” In a modern-day context, I might use the words, “Stop right now, disturbing media report. Stop trying to scare me. I refuse to listen, and will only listen to the calm, strong voice of good.”

Of course, once we reject temptation and stand up to the false suggestions, we are open to flood tides of Love washing us clean. As Jesus rejected the temptations, "angels came and ministered unto him.” For us, these angels come in the form of comfort, relief, healing, and joy.

SECTION 1: Christ is God’s gift to all mankind

Christ Jesus shows us the way to understand our inseparable connection to divine Love, God. Another way of saying this is that divine Love shows us the way to understand our inseparable connection through the example of Christ Jesus. And yet another way of saying this is, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”(B1) Christ Jesus is God’s gift, and we can all receive this perfect gift again and again as we understand his message more and more clearly. This perfect gift has “no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (B2, James 1:17) Nothing could make Christ Jesus waiver, and nothing could cast a lasting shadow on his ministry.

I love it when Psalms 18 (B4) is in the lesson because it reminds me of a favorite CedarS camp song. For those of you who know how to get video and audio on the web, here is a link to Stephen Hanlin, a CedarS counselor and a CedarS 365 Hymn Sing leader, singing “the rock song” found in Psalms 18. Here’s the link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1la1rvm7i1lvhp7/the%20rock%20song.mov?dl=0

In the first section’s citations from Science and Health, we find a list of divine Laws. These are spiritual Laws that cannot ever be broken.

Laws:

• “...in Spirit all is harmony, and there can be no discord; all is Life, and there is no death.” (S2)

• "Everything good or worthy, God made. Whatever is valueless or baneful, He did not make, — hence its unreality. (S3)

• "Reason, rightly directed, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense; but sin, sickness, and death will seem real (even as the experiences of the sleeping dream seem real) until the Science of man's eternal harmony breaks their illusion with the unbroken reality of scientific being.” (S5)

The way shower, Christ Jesus, demonstrated these Laws in his ministry. He showed us the way of salvation, with salvation defined as, "Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed.” (S6)

SECTION 2: Learning to recognize the Christ

The second section contains the accounts of John the Baptist and also Jewish scholars asking Jesus if he is the promised Messiah. (B5, B6) In both situations, Jesus wisely advises that they judge him by his works. Each time I consider these exchanges, something new occurs to me. As I’m reading it this time, the inspiration I’m getting is that Jesus sought to turn both John and the Jewish scholars away from him as a person/personality. He wanted them to focus on the healing comfort, which is everlasting and ever-present.

Jesus demonstrated that he did not need to be on site with someone for them to be healed, i.e. the centurion’s servant. His message of salvation and healing was not about his physical presence. Nor was his message only true 2000 years ago. From this, I’m realizing that the Christ-truth was true then and is true now, and we can find the Messiah—the Comforter—wherever Christ healing is happening. From the beginning, as both John and the Jewish accusers were looking for the Messiah in him as a person, he directed them to look to instances of Christ-healing instead of to him as a person. In this sense, the Messiah, which is synonymous with Christ, is not isolated to a particular person, a particular time and a particular geography. Jesus has the special title Christ Jesus because he perfectly exemplified the Christ. In the same way, Jesus also holds the title of the Messiahship. “[Jesus] was inseparable from Christ, the Messiah, — the divine idea of God outside the flesh.” (SH 482:20–22)


Nonetheless, Jesus’ answer to the Jews—directing them away from him as a person—did not assuage their anger, and "therefore they sought to take him, but he escaped out of their hand.” (B6) But Jesus escaped from them, thus demonstrating his Christ-like immunity to their hatred. He proved his immunity to sin, the belief that he could be separate from good, and showed that the sin—belief of separation—of others could not have an effect on his Christly perfection.

"Because of the wondrous glory which God bestowed on His anointed, temptation, sin, sickness, and death had no terror for Jesus.” (S7)

The motives of the Jews who were trying to persecute him "were pride, envy, cruelty, and vengeance,” but divine, Principle, Love, did not allow an effect from their sinful actions. (S8)

Principle wins against injustice, Love overpowers hatred, and light beats darkness. Without fail.


SECTION 3: Uncovering the trickery that seeks to undermine the Christ

The third section contains the account of the "chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people,” who conspired to have Jesus crucified. The King James Version (KJV) uses the word “subtilty,” which makes me think of the subtle serpent in Genesis 2. This serpent is the temptation…the belief that we can be separate from good and know evil. This same serpentine idea seems to have wound its way into the crucifixion story, and it's the same old tale of sin…."The belief of life in matter [limitation/evil] sins at every step. [The temptation of the serpent] incurs divine displeasure, and it would kill Jesus that it might be rid of troublesome Truth. [Distorted-limited] beliefs would slay the [clear-unlimited] idea whenever and wherever it appears. Though [the lie of sin] hides behind a lie and excuses guilt, [the lie of sin] cannot forever be concealed. Truth, through her eternal laws, unveils [the false belief that we could ever be separate from Truth, Love, or Life].” (S11)


Throughout Science and Health, I’ve found many examples of where Mary Baker Eddy uses plays on words to be humorous. Here’s an example…."Error is always error. It is no thing.” (S12) It’s a true statement. And it’s not really laugh-out-loud funny. But, I do like to imagine that writing with her quill pen on parchment paper, she may have chuckled to herself as she wrote the phrase…it is no thing. This subtle humor is the right kind of subtle—not like the subtilty of the serpent, which was about dissimulation. Mary Baker Eddy’s subtle humor is about truth.

Here’s some word substitution that may jolt new thought about the last citation in this section…” [Someone who believes that he is separate from good] is not [made to feel worthy] merely by assuring him that he [cannot be separate from good] because there is no [belief in separation from good]. To put down the claim of [separation], you must detect [its nature, i.e. resentment, hatred], remove the mask [which is almost always the mask of guilt or shame], point out the illusion [that this lie is actually inside of us…it is not…it is a “subtil" suggestion], and thus get the victory over [the false belief that we can be separate from good] and so prove its [lack of power over us]." (S13) I find this type of word substitution helpful. Mary Baker Eddy uses this technique often in Science and Health …notably with the 23rd Psalm at the end of the Key to the Scriptures. Please know that I am not at all correcting the language in Science and Health, but rather am suggesting new ways of thinking through familiar citations.

SECTION 4: The attempt to crucify Christ

The fourth section opens with the reminder of Christ Jesus’ eternality—"the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.” (B10)

For me, of all the moments in the Bible’s account of Christ Jesus’ ministry, the one that makes me feel the deepest connection to him is when he says to God, “If thou be willing, remove this [difficult trial ahead] from [my experience]: nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done.” (B11) What a moment. There is such humility, and the willingness to do what is right even though it is also the most difficult. I’ve written the words “not my will” in several places to remind myself to strive for this kind of humility.

It comforts me to know that in his hour of need, “an angel,” the voice of Truth, came and strengthened Jesus. Our trials never leave us where they found us, and this part of the crucifixion story shows a moment in which the Christ-comfort lifted and strengthened the man, Jesus. Christ and Jesus are connected and can never be separated. "During his night of gloom and glory in the garden, Jesus realized the utter error of a belief in any possible [limited-weak] intelligence.” (S14)

“When the human element in him struggled with the divine, our great Teacher said: “Not my will, but Thine, be done!” — that is, Let not the flesh, but the Spirit, be represented in me. This is the new understanding of spiritual Love. It gives all for Christ, or Truth. It blesses its enemies, heals the sick, casts out error, raises the dead from trespasses and sins, and preaches the gospel to the poor, the meek in heart.” (S15)

And then…Jesus' next challenge. The apathy of the disciples. “He found them sleeping for sorrow.” (B11) Is this a form of procrastination? Instead of praying and being alert to overcome their sorrow and be strong for their teacher, they slept…they became drowsy. But Jesus still loved them. And Judas! The betrayer? Before we judge Judas too harshly, we can remember the rest of his story, and find compassion.

Here’s an excerpt from "The other side of Judas,” by Nathan Talbot:

"Relatively few people caught enough of a glimpse of Jesus' mission while he was here to commit themselves to close discipleship. Yet Judas was one of those few. He did make a beginning effort. But the most significant aspect of this other side of the story has to do with what happened after the betrayal. My feeling of compassion for Judas took quite a leap forward one day as I pondered Matthew's account of the dramatic change that began to come over Judas when he saw what was happening to Jesus. Judas, according to the Gospel of Matthew, "repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.”

...
Judas repented; with heartbreaking impact he began to realize what he had done; he threw those pitiful few pieces of silver down on the temple floor; he felt deeply Jesus' innocence; he felt bitter regret and self-condemnation…

If someone has yielded ground to temptation, to betrayal, he need not drown. Christ, Truth, is present to rescue him from the waves that would engulf.”

(From the December 7, 1992 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel)

It seems to me that as we are able to find compassion for Judas and let go of any resentment we may feel, we are growing in our capacity to love. We are also letting go of a false belief that man can be separate from good. Perhaps this Easter season, we make sure that we’ve all forgiven Judas. And we can forgive Peter and the other disciples who fell asleep. And, while we’re at it, we can forgive the chief priests, elders and scribes and the whole council. Forgiving these individuals for their role in the crucifixion is an example of overcoming sin. Anytime that our love triumphs over the temptation to hate or resent is an awakening to our inherent Christlike-purity. In truth, as the pure expressions of Love, we don’t have the capacity to hate. It would be unnatural.

How can we know that Jesus would want us to forgive his enemies? Because he is the way shower, and he forgave. "Peter would have smitten the enemies of his Master, but Jesus forbade him, thus rebuking resentment or animal courage. He said: 'Put up thy sword.’” (S16) Peter used the sword to defend Jesus, but perhaps Peter was still seeing Christ Jesus as a limited physical mortal, and hadn’t yet realized the eternality of the Messiah. If Peter had a full understanding of the Messiah, he would have known a sword was unnecessary. “...the Christ is not subject to material conditions, but is above the reach of human wrath, and is able, through Truth, Life, and Love, to triumph over sin, sickness, death, and the grave.” (S17)

During this time, forsaken by all those he loved, Christ Jesus went beyond a “this too shall pass” (2nd degree) approach, and instead "this faithful sentinel of God at the highest post of power, charged with the grandest trust of heaven, was ready to be transformed by the renewing of the infinite Spirit.” (S17)

Are we being called right now, during this world crisis, to be the “faithful sentinels of God?”

SECTION 5: “He is risen!"

In the fifth section is the account of Mary Magdalene finding Jesus, but not at first recognizing him. (B13) To me, this suggests that he was indeed “transformed by the renewing of the infinite Spirit” to the point that Mary almost didn’t know who he was. He said to her, “touch me not,” perhaps because he was once again rejecting the person-based sense of the Christ, and knowing that his true being was beyond physicality or personhood. (B13)

The “tomb” is where the resurrection occurred. The tomb is the place of "RESURRECTION. Spiritualization of thought; a new and higher idea of immortality, or spiritual existence; material belief yielding to spiritual understanding.” (SH 593:9)

What actually happened in the “tomb” that allowed a “spiritualization of thought?” In Mary Baker Eddy’s words, "The lonely precincts of the tomb gave Jesus a refuge from his foes, a place in which to solve the great problem of being.” (S18) I love this phrase—“the great problem of being.” To me, it means, the big questions about what we are, what is our existence, the Scientific understanding of our being. Mary Baker Eddy continues, "His three days' work in the sepulchre set the seal of eternity on time.” Another great phrase…to “set the seal of eternity on time.” In other words, overturning the mortal measurement of time with the clear sense that there is no beginning, no starting point, and thus no way to divide up hours, minutes, days, years. Without a beginning point, there is no way to start counting time. In the tomb, Christ Jesus, "proved Life to be deathless and Love to be the master of hate.” (S18) He overcame "the world’s hatred of truth and love." (SH 50: 30-31) He overcame the world’s sin. He overcame the world’s belief that we can be separate from good.

It was through the resurrection that Christ Jesus "fully and finally demonstrated divine Science in his victory over death and the grave.” (S19) And, it wasn’t until his disciples witnessed the resurrection—the solution to the problem of being—that they were convinced of the Christ message. (S19) As they understood the full import of the resurrection, they became better healers. (S20)

Thus, it stands to reason that as we become clearer and clearer on our understanding of the resurrection and its significance, we too will be better healers. We can witness the resurrection even now. He is risen!

Last year, I was utterly startled by an article titled, "Easter and the real deal behind Christian Science healing,” by Susan Booth Mack Snipes, who writes, “I had always thought of Jesus’ resurrection as a really big deal, a triumph of Spirit over the flesh and a monumental proof, a demonstration, of divine Science. And it certainly was. Yet, suddenly I saw it from a new point of view. I was struck with the thought that the resurrection of Jesus was his demonstration of his spiritual identity as the Christ, which was no more an ‘event' to God than the sunrise is an event to the sun. I saw that the really big deal is the discernment of God’s ever-presence, a realization of our oneness with divine Mind. This is what brought the healings Jesus performed, brought his resurrection, and moved him on to his ascension.”
(From the April 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal)

In the article, Susan reasons that “the resurrection was not miraculous. It was divinely natural.” In other words, the Jesus’ resurrection as well every health comeback, economic turnaround and employment rebound will be divinely natural! If you haven’t read the article lately, I strongly suggest you pick it up.

SECTION 6: The Christ is with us always.

The sixth section assures us that Christ Jesus is indeed "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.” (B8) In this section, we find the account of Christ Jesus speaking to the eleven disciples—12 minus Judas, who all of us have now forgiven, right? He tells them, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." (B14) And then he was taken up, “out of their sight.”

Interesting. He tells them he’s with them always, and then he leaves? Huh? This sequence of events wouldn’t make any sense from a limited (material) view. So, obviously, there is a deeper meaning here. What exactly is it about Christ Jesus that is with them always?

The Christ—the true idea of God—that can never be taken away. It is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.” (B8) The Christ never had a beginning—never had a middle—and never has an end. The Christ cannot be crucified. The Christ cannot be hidden. The Christ cannot be eclipsed. The Christ cannot be forgotten. The Christ is a "good and perfect gift” given to all of us. As we find in James, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (B2)

Christ, our awareness of our at-one-ment with good, is what overturns the belief in sin, disease and death. Christ overturns the belief that we are unworthy. Christ overturns any exaggerated awareness of self/body that seems to prevent us from being the full expression of good. And Christ overturns the belief of an end to existence.

When we see the question, “Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?”— we can remember Christ Jesus' victory over the grave and the demonstration of the resurrection. We can be grateful to the Wayshower for illuminating the path forward, and demonstrating the full expression of Christ. By understanding Christ Jesus’ ministry, we too can find victory—". . . thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (GT)

This week, as we’re faced with the barrage of news articles on global pandemic, we can wrap ourselves in the W.A.L.L. of the metaphorical “tomb"—the place of transformation and resurrection…

Here is our W.A.L.L. of resurrection (spiritualization of thought):

W. When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea [Christ]

A. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought.

L. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious — as Life eternally is — can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not.

L. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.” (S24, 495:14-16, 20)

This W.A.L.L. protects us from believing the illusions of chaos and uncertainty, gives us something certain to “cling steadfastly to,” and overturns what appears to be a worldwide fixation on fear. The W.A.L.L. is a sure defense. It protects us as we follow the Wayshower, and find comfort and healing for our whole global family. “Jesus marked out the way. Citizens of the world, accept the 'glorious liberty of the children of God,' and be free! This is your divine right.” (S26)


[Warren:] PLEASE MAKE PLANS to be AT CedarS THIS SUMMER! and/or THIS FALL!
A #BestSummerYet! is being hourly planned and loved into 2020 vision with the active efforts and spiritual support of "best fans" like you from all across the globe. We will, of course, lovingly adapt to and obey all guidelines given, knowing that whenever a divine adaptation is made, a universal, divine bestowal come right along with it. (Science & Health, p.13:2)
We also agree that "Of two things fate cannot rob us, namely, of choosing the best [summer yet and best fall yet!], and of helping others thus to choose." (Miscellany, 165:2) We continue to book 2020 registrations — both without camperships as well as with full (or partial) campership support adults and families — even for multiple sessions and programs, thanks to generous, best-partners-yet, like you. [For more on getting help see https://www.cedarscamps.org/information/financial-aid/ .]

As we all hourly "love into view" a "sovereign panacea" (all-ruling, cure-all) to a "great red dragon" of a pandemic, we can reassure all registered and soon-to-register 2020 visitors to the CedarS Camps ,that good always wins out! (Revelation 12)! And, that (if needed for any reason), CedarS can guarantee full tuition refunds, and even travel refunds!

Notes on CedarS 2020 adjustments and wise, preventative practices:

In fun, uplifting style typical at CedarS we will practice proven protocols for regular, deep-cleaning handwashing "baptisms." Out of a deep desire to be compassionate to everyone's comfort level, ahead of camp we are following social distancing and covering etiquette. And to be obedient to the laws of the land, we are following non-gathering guidelines in the short term to bless the longterm.

With the long-range view always in mind as well, CedarS team is prayerfully and practically supporting a spiritual sense of a moment-by-moment closeness, and even oneness with, God. This will be loved and thanked into view with a thought-by-thought sanitizing and testing process of mental inoculation as well as by extensive surface and hand sanitizing.

If more CedarS 365 Virtual Gatherings are developed or if any summer schedule adjustments are needed they will be shared in the center News section of CedarS Homepage www.cedarscamps.org/.

CedarS Sunday Zoom Hymn Sings -- TWO on EASTER! (2pm & 7pm Central Time)
As a continuing weekly kickoff for a World Health 2020 Prayer Watch, we again had over 650 screens opened to over a thousand viewers and inspired singers last night. It was the third in an ongoing Spring series of CedarS 365 Sunday Hymn Sings with a NEW SECURE LINK. (Not recorded, so mark your calendars for next week!)

Through turbulent economic times additional "paid forward" funding will help CedarS keep giving an abundance of activities grounded in and inspired by spiritual sense. Check out glimpses of precious households worldwide zooming in every Sunday to inspiring virtual Hymn Sings, see and hear weekly Prac Talks, and read samples of difference-made fruitage.

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