It was after one of our first days of early-morning seminary in August 2007 and the lesson on the Great Plan of Happiness I thought had gone particularly well. All of the students had left and I sat down at the piano for a few minutes of unwinding and I audibly expressed my pleasure by saying “This is my place.” I was struck by my own statement (I often talk to myself when I think no one else is around – and hopefully no one else is around when I do), and I thought about that morning’s lesson and how so many people just have no idea why they are here and what joy and happiness can be had here on the earth and in the hereafter. I then thought about how many of us that do have the gospel may still be confused about where our place is in the world. Close friends have succumbed to this confusion and found it easier to let go rather than carry on. I think it requires a constant struggle and vigilance to consistently find and be where the Lord wants us to be. Even when we feel His guidance, it requires faith on our part to follow through. As I sat at the piano that morning between seminary and my job, I wrote down a few chords and thoughts that eventually developed into this song.
So, whether we are wading through life without the knowledge of a glorious purpose and a loving Heavenly Father, or we are just being introduced to the gospel and are coming to terms with new knowledge of eternity, or we are simply trying to strengthen a testimony that has been burning in us for years, it can be a challenge to find “My Place”.
By Michael Squires
Like a book without a mark, or a dancer in the dark, Or a runner picked off from his base, I’ve lost my place.
And while I’m here on earth, my mem’ry erased at birth I fear I may not find where I belong. I search in my mind, to recall another time, And my heart hears the whispers of a song. Where can I go? Where do I fit in? Can I recall what I know about where I’ve been? Or am I just taking up space? Help me find my place. But when I search my soul, and sincerely seek to know, I feel some direction inside. Though the answer’s still not clear, and I still have this fear, I’m feeling a turn in the tide. I see where I can go, I know where I fit in, I recall some of what I know, of where I’ve been. These feelings transcend time and space. Help me find my place. I learn to trust and obey, as I study and I pray About why I’m here and all that I should do. For the Lord has declared, that many mansions are there, “And I go to prepare a place for you.” That’s where I want to go, where I want to fit in, Where I will belong, because of where I’ve been – Where I shall again see His face; And eternity is felt in His embrace; Help me find that place. Where can I go? Where do I fit in? Help me find my place
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