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A Joyful Path, Year One, Lesson 37: Palm Sunday


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Each Year One Lesson includes:

Teacher Introduction/Getting to the Heart of the Lesson, Teacher Reflection, Spiritual Affirmation with full color Art, Original Story, and Activities, Bible Verses, Wisdom Quotes


Lesson 37 from Year One is about: Palm Sunday, “Standing Tall”


Original Story: Anna and the Donkey


Affirmation: I find my true self when I put others first.


Getting to the Heart of the Lesson


Self-sacrifice on behalf of others is the highest form of courage. Tip: It is recommended that the lesson on courage, Lesson #20, precede this lesson.


In the last lesson about living courageously, the emphasis was on discovering the courage that exists within our divine nature. The Easter story of Jesus shows how courage in the face of ignorance and fear is ultimately an expression of true selfless love. His appearance in Jerusalem despite the threats against him was not a grand gesture to show how brave he was but a selfless act of friendship and love. His life was an expression of love for all people, and he lived each day as a messenger of that light. Considering his personal safety would have been an ego affirmation, which he strongly rejected when Peter expressed fear for his teacher’s life.
The idea of walking into certain death is something young children are not ready to comprehend. But everything Jesus did is an example for us to aspire to. We practice by taking little steps to expand our awareness and our capacity to love. We can teach our children that any act of selflessness is an act of courage. As we practice in small ways, we become more aware of our true nature and we strengthen our capacity to take on bigger and bigger challenges with the selfless love and courage that is a reflection of our true self.


Affirmation 37 - I find my true self when I put others first.
Affirmation: I find my true self when I put others first.


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