A career in friendship

Experts say most of us are worried about the whole question of friendship—making friends and holding on to them. With the uncertainties of the economy, world conditions, and family life, they say we long for friends—for people who'll listen to us, comfort us, and stand by us when we feel alone.

A little over a hundred years ago, in 1892, a builder named Joseph H. Leishman told Mary Baker Eddy that he, too, felt alone, although in a different way. He was supposed to prepare a report for the Christian Scientists in Boston on just how to tear down buildings on the land where the Original Edifice of The Mother Church was to be built. But he delayed and delayed—and, as a result, the whole church building project fell behind schedule.

Finally, Mrs. Eddy had Leishman come to see her and asked him about the report. He said his staff was tied up with other assignments. So that left him "all alone" in carrying out the church project. Instantly, Mrs. Eddy responded, "Mr. Leishman, you are never alone!"

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