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A Joyful Path, Year Three – Week 29: Infinite Well Of Love Within — Story: Love Bubbling Up Within Me

For Classroom or Home School

Week 29: Spring
Lesson 23: Infinite Well of Love Within

I have an infinite well of love within me.

Getting to the Heart of the Lesson

In Gospel music, there is a refrain, “Can’t take my Joy.” Many artists have sung about the joy that lives deep inside each one of us. Others might call it Life, Source, or Love. Whatever its name, it is the place within us that, like a deep well, holds delight, steadiness, and love. A gift from the divine, our well is always there, but sometimes it appears (and flows over) when we least expect it or most need it. In this lesson, we want to help the children find their own well of love (a source of God within) and to encourage them to be in communication with it. This is, of course, an important practice for people of all ages!

(NOTE: If you wish to focus more intentionally on the Christian calendar, this lesson lends itself to the themes of Eastertide and the indwelling joy Christians carry within thanks to the resurrected Christ.)

Teacher Reflection/Activity

Some reading and a 10-20 min exercise (more if you have time and wish to take it) so you are able to experience the teachings offered through this lesson.

Are you aware of the infinite well of love inside yourself? After selecting either option below, you may wish to pray the prayer by Don Miguel Ruiz, who is mentioned in this week’s story.

Option One — Do you already have parts of your day or week that encourage your well of infinite love to flow freely towards yourself, others, and in the world? If so, make a note of how and when you experience your well. Consciously embrace it. Relish it. Enjoy it! Recall some times when the well was all you had — a time when this deep Love came to support you even as everything around you felt broken. Thank the well for caring for you and always being there.

Option Two — Even if your life is presently paced in a way that makes it more difficult to notice the well within, it is still there. Connecting with the well will support you on many levels. Read Freddy’s story for this lesson. Freddy offers a number of examples of how and when his well overflows, infusing him with love, grace, gratitude. Which example resonates for you? Have you been looking right past your well? Make a note of when the well flows — even a little — this week. Drink in the love, joy or reassurance the well gives you.

Prayer for Love by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Thank You, Creator of the Universe for the gift of Life you have given me,
Thank You for giving me everything that I have ever needed,

Thank You for the opportunity to experience this beautiful body and this wonderful mind,
Thank You for living inside me with all Your Love and Your pure and boundless Spirit, with Your warm and radiating Light.
Thank You for using my words, for using my eyes, for using my heart to share your love wherever I go.
I love You just the way you are and because I am your creation, I love myself just the way I am.
Help me to keep the Love and the Peace in my Heart and to make that Love a new way of life, that I may live in Love the rest of my life.
Amen.

Read through the lesson before your time with the children. Decide which Activity Exploration will work best for your class (There are usually two options; choose one.). Just below the heading, “Children’s Lesson and Story” you will find the preparations checklist for this lesson so you can collect any needed materials or make arrangements to support your selected activity.

Sacred Text Quotes

Hebrew Scriptures. Psalm 23: 6 (NRSV)

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Christian Scriptures. Galatians 5:22-23 (NRSV)

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Christian Scriptures. Matthew 5:15-16 (NRSV)

No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Wisdom Quotes

God is a great underground river that no one can dam up and no one can stop. ― Meister Eckhart

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. ― Mary Oliver

I found god in myself / and i loved her / i loved her fiercely ― Ntozake Shange

I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace—a connection to what matters. ― Oprah Winfrey

Rather than feeling lost and unimportant and meaningless, set against galaxies which go beyond the reach of the furthest telescopes, I feel that my life has meaning. Perhaps I should feel insignificant, but instead I feel a soaring in my heart that the God who could create all this — and out of nothing — can still count the hairs of my head. ― Madeleine L’Engle

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