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I Am There 
Written 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 here. 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. I am. 

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. 

I am there.

This poem received a lot of attention in 1971 when it was taken to the moon by astronaut  James B. Irwin on Apollo 15. Irwin's mother gave it to him before the flight and he actually left a copy of the poem on the moon.  

The author, James Dillet Freeman, is poet laureate of the Unity School of Christianity at Unity Village. He wrote the poem in 1947.

Special thanks to our friend Carole Powell for bringing this poem to our attention.

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