By James Dillet Freeman
Do you need Me?
I am there.
You cannot see Me, yet I am the light you see by.
You cannot hear Me, yet I speak through your voice.
You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power at work in your hands.
I am at work, though you do not understand My ways.
I am at work, though you do not understand My works.
I am not strange visions. I am not mysteries.
Only in absolute stillness, beyond self, can you know Me as I am, and then but as a feeling and a faith.
Yet I am there. Yet I hear. Yet I answer.
When you need Me, I am there.
Even if you deny Me, I am there.
Even when you feel most alone, I am there.
Even in your fears, I am there.
Even in your pain, I am there.
I am there when you pray and when you do not pray.
I am in you, and you are in Me.
Only in your mind can you feel separate from Me, for only in your mind are the mists of "yours" and "mine."
Yet only with your mind can you know Me and experience Me.
Empty your heart of empty fears.
When you get yourself out of the way, I am there.
You can of yourself do nothing, but I can do all.
And I am in all.
Though you may not see the good, good is there, for I am there.
I am there because I have to be, because I am.
Only in Me does the world have meaning; only out of Me does the world take form; only because of Me does the world go forward.
I am the law on which the movement of the stars and the growth of living cells are founded.
I am the love that is the law's fulfilling.
I am assurance.
I am peace.
I am oneness.
I am the law that you can live by.
I am the love that you can cling to.
I am your assurance.
I am your peace.
I am one with you.
Though you fail to find Me, I do not fail you.
Though your faith in Me is unsure, My faith in you never wavers, because I know you, because I love you.
Beloved, I am there.
From James D. Freeman, Be (Lee's Summit, MO: Unity School of Christianity, 1955, pp. 119-21), reprinted many places, here conforming to the words of the author as he concluded his remarks with it on being awarded the International New Thought Alliance's Blaine C. Mays Lifetime Achievement Award on August 1, 1999. In his remarks, published in the Fall 1999 New Thought, he said:
One of the things that I'm most pleased about is that I've had two poems taken to the moon. Neither of these astronauts were Truth students, neither of them knew me. As a matter of fact, on the "Prayer for Protection," they didn't know who had written it. . . . Thirty years ago that flight was made . . . I had no idea I had a poem on that [Aldrin] flight. . . . It was ten years later that some people sent us a magazine article written as an interview by Aldrin, in which he said when he flew around the earth, he carried with him a prayer, a poem, that someone had given him, and the prayer was:[Prayer for Protection]
The light of God surrounds me;
The love of God enfolds me;
The power of God protects me;
The presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is!
I wrote that when we went into World War II.
Then we called Aldrin. Our PR guy got on the phone and said, "Did you carry the poem when you walked on the moon?" He said, "Yes I did." Did you know about Unity? Have you heard it?" "No, I never heard it." . . . The other man too, Irwin, was not a Unity student. . . . Isn't it wonderful that in the most desperate moments of their lives, they picked up pieces of New Thought literature to carry with them. It says something wonderful about us. You know, the only reason for a church to be in existence is it helps us to live, and live better. . . . I wrote "I Am There" when my first wife was dying. When I first found out how sick she was, a doctor told me there was no hope for her. [After "I am the power at work in your hands," he said:] This just came to me; I wrote it down; I didn't think of it as writing. I wrote it down as I prayed for my wife.
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