Many thanks to Rebecca Odegaard for sharing her experience teaching the Scriptures to the entire Sunday School in the April Journal ["The Promise of Sunday School," p. 12]. We tried it in our Sunday School before the first hymn this morning. Our students arrived earlier than usual, so an impromptu review of Genesis 1–3 became the group discussion topic. A ten-year-old quickly volunteered to be the scribe and take notes on a large easel tablet so all could see. Our youngest happily answered questions when hints (the right answers) where whispered to her "in secret." And, we knew we had it made when a high schooler listed "that snake dude" as one of the four main characters in Genesis 3. Students and teachers had fun and everybody felt involved in the activity. I wonder if we can get through the rest of Genesis next week?
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA, US
Each issue of the Journal is like a new friend that encourages, rouses, comforts, and provides powerful evidence of the Christian Science healing happening daily around the world. I'm grateful for each one, but wanted to send a special thank you for the April issue, particularly Mary Trammell's editorial about "First-Love Christianity" [p. 64], which was a powerful ending to the issue. It spoke volumes about how each one of us has a "spark" capacity far greater than we may realize, one that can indeed ignite the hearts of those around us. How right she is that "a church animated by this kind of pure Christian love is indestructible."