Surviving lockdown—thanks to Sunday School
Originally appeared online in the teen series: My church - March 23, 2021.
Pandemic lockdown changed my life completely. It changed my outlook on day-to-day activities. Every day seemed like a monotonous routine, and I began feeling tired and dull. I never thought that attending Christian Science Sunday School via teleconference would be the one thing that would get me through and help redeem my perspective.
Of course, going to Sunday School during lockdown was different. Every Saturday, students in my Sunday School would be sent a set of questions based on that week’s Bible Lesson found in the Christian Science Quarterly. We had never done this before, but I soon realized how helpful it was. These questions provided me with an opportunity to analyze the Lesson more thoroughly and apply it to my life. On Sundays, the questions were the basis for our class discussion and gave us an opportunity to share our inspiration as well as ask any questions of our own.
I began to feel more inspired.
As I answered the questions each week, I noticed how some things were changing for me. First, I began to feel more inspired. For example, one week the Bible Lesson included the story of Ruth, and students were asked, “Does the story in this week’s Lesson and its interpretation have any relevance in your life?” It made me think about Ruth in a new way, and from this story I learned that we can always trust God, divine Love, to lead us forward, no matter how difficult our circumstances. This was encouraging.
I also found that as my understanding of Christian Science was deepening, I was learning to pray more effectively. For instance, one Sunday during Sunday School, I felt a stinging sensation on my leg. When I checked, I saw a wasp sting on my leg and the wasp nearby on the bed. I didn’t make any noise, as I didn’t want to interrupt class, but I started to pray and remembered this passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 514 ).
Healing is just one of many blessings I’ve received from attending Sunday School during lockdown.
I understood immediately that no animal or insect could harm me, because in reality we are all created to be in harmony with each other. I quietly got up from my bed, washed the stung area, then picked up the wasp with some paper and took it out to the balcony, where it eventually flew away. When Sunday School ended, I looked at my leg, and the sting mark was completely gone. I’d been healed.
This healing is just one of many blessings I’ve received from attending Sunday School during lockdown. I find that I’m now feeling more grateful, I’m getting more out of the Lesson, and I feel a sense of purpose in attending our class each week and sharing my ideas with other students. Sunday School has always meant a lot to me, but now, more than ever, I want to encourage everyone to go. It’s a place where you can find answers to your fears about what’s going on in the world and learn how to pray for yourself and the world in a way that really heals.