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2020 Metaphysical Theme: Find & Grow Your Treasures of Truth [like *pearls grow!]

CedarS 2020 Theme  is from Science & Health, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 265:3:

"Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged.  Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual, they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, in order that sin and mortality may be put off.  This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggest man's absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent peace."

[Holly Huff Bruland:]  

We invite you to join us in "gravitat[ing] Godward."  Camp, sports and wherever you stretch your limits and your comfort zone are perfect places to discover and enlarge your treasures of Truth.  Even online camp sessions with  their "mets" (inspirational sharing before activities), Christian Science practitioner visits, and Bible Lesson studies, along with online Sunday Hymn Sings, add to campers virtual or in person home Sunday School classes and testimony meetings to offer campers nuggets of Truth to make their own.  And each activity where one applies these Truths and proves their value really turn them into treasures for life!

The list in this passage is such a beautiful promise of the blessings realized through spiritual growth:

-Enlarged individuality

-A wider sphere of thought and action

-A more expansive love

-A higher and more permanent peace

We see this list as so contemporary, as so on-target, and as so timeless.  This is as exactly what today's youth needs – and exactly what today's world needs. 

[Warren:]  Grow Priceless “*Pearls*” from Grit! Turn Trash into Valuable Treasures of Truth and Love!  CedarS 2020 Theme  is in citation 5 in Science & Health, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 265:3-15:

"Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged.  Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual, they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, in order that sin and mortality may be put off.  This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggest man's absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent peace."

*Pearls* (especially those of great price, as referred to in GEM#1, the Golden Text and Bible citation B24) are wonderful examples of the “treasures of Truth” and how they grow.  A pearl grows in an oyster only because an irritant has entered its shell and the oyster responds by oozing onto it an irritant-soother (the way that spiritual sense and love soothe and heal whatever irritates us and others).  Let’s take that as a challenge to be like the oyster and turn everything that looks negative and ugly into a string of beautiful pearls by applying layer upon layer of love and spiritual sense to grow our treasures of Truth and Love! 

Enlarging your treasures of Truth and Love will soon cancel the debt and make you “debt-free.”  St. Paul simply describes Love’s ultimate “debt-forgiveness program” that freed him—as it will free you.  It is to: “Owe no man anything, but to love one another” (Romans 13:8).  Saul voiced this as one who “owed” Christ and all Christians BIG-time by being known as their most enthusiastic enemy and persecutor.  He made up for it by becoming Christianity’s most missionary advocate and most eloquent friend after he was converted by a “virtual” meeting with Jesus. (So, don’t underestimate the power of virtual camp sessions, hymn sings or church services when the Christ is welcomed in!)

If you get to visit Saul’s road to Damascus in CedarS Bible Lands Park, you will be reminded to be like Ananias of the Damascus Christians.  Like Ananias, you will be asked to stop “owing” any former persecutors and to stop “bearing false witness against” any Saul characters in your life—and instead to see them as if they’ve been on their “road to Damascus” and “changed for good” by the Christ.   In the words of a young Sunday School student “Forgive us our “trash-passes” as we forgive those who “trash-pass” to us.”  

Had Ananias held Saul in the position that he had outgrown after his “virtual encounter” with Jesus – if he had NOT obeyed God’s command to forgive Saul’s trash-passing and to restore his sight, the born-again Paul would not have become the most productive, treasure-passer of Christianity that the world has known.  “Those unpretentious, yet colossal characters, Paul and Jesus” both did all they could to pass along the rich treasures of their resilient spiritual sense of oneness with God.  May we each do the same with all the treasures of Truth that spiritual sense constantly gives us!


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