FILLING OUR PLACE

Does each and every individual have a place? And must that place be filled—either here or hereafter? Mary Baker Eddy must have thought so. She wrote in her autobiography: "No person can compass or fulfil the individual mission of Jesus of Nazareth. No person can take the place of the author of Science and Health, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. Each individual must fill his own niche in time and eternity" (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 70).

I've often pondered these words—especially since I've lived in many places, filled many roles, engaged in many diverse activities over the years. And I know from wide experience that many struggle with uncertainty and deep unhappiness over this question of their right place. So many of us are not content with simply living through the sequence of a material history—especially when the events of that history seem random or unrelated, perhaps meaningless, and certainly not in accord with our own plan or desire.

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