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SUNDAY SCHOOL AND CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

From the September 1932 issue of The Christian Science Journal


ONE of the many blessings which comes to the teacher in the Christian Science Sunday School is that in letting God speak through him he is privileged to give the saving truth to the children. This good seed sown in the fertile soil of the receptive child-consciousness can never be lost and should grow and blossom and give out perfect fruitage. This, then, is the sacred work of the teacher in the Christian Science Sunday School. What a glorious privilege it is to know that God is using us and giving us the wisdom that will guide the children, lifting their thoughts above the mists of error into the light and harmony of Truth!

The writer once watched a night-blooming cereus bud unfold. Slowly, softly, silently, the pure white petals opened, and lo, the perfect flower! May not the flower's unfoldment be likened to that of the unfolding of the child-thought to the teachings of Christian Science? New inspiration is always given the teacher when the pupil's consciousness responds to the loving instruction given, and the thought of the class gently unfolds to the truth. But what if the florist had failed to protect the opening bud, or had exposed it to the chilling frosts? What if a teacher in our Sunday school, through a mistaken sense of discipline and insufficient love, should arouse antagonism in a pupil's thought, and thus expose the opening petals of a new understanding to the mists of error which would obscure the sunlight of Truth?

Our Sunday school pupils are future workers in the Christian Science church, and the dispensers of its bread of Truth. They are the bulwarks of our movement for the future. Love is the foundation and guide. How important, then, that the teacher in the Sunday school should never lose the deep significance of Mrs. Eddy's words on page 113 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love"!

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