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Not a Religious Post

This blog is not about religion or politics. I’ve learned my lesson from “discussing” those topics, and it wasn’t a pretty one. I want us to celebrate each others lives, share the joys, humor, and even pain sometimes.

I’ve said that I want to share poetry, and the following poem is my favorite of all time. It’s not meant to spark a religious discussion; the beauty of it just touches me. It connects to my heart.

Many might remember hearing about this poem being brought to the moon and left there by astronaut James B Irwin on Apollo 15. Please read on.

I Am There
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.
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,
beloved,
I am there.

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10 thoughts on “Not a Religious Post”

  1. Hi Sallyjane! Thanks so much for the nice comment. Yes, for sure this poem just speaks of Spirit and not dogma. Thanks for your “likes” and comment too. Look forward to blogging with you. 🙂

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  2. Wow! I really love that poem! By the way thank you for stopping by my blog, and liking my post today. I too try to stay away from politics and religion on my blog and in life! LOL Although I have to say that I live next door to a State Senator who is running for US Congress, so you can see why I say I try! The poem so hit right on the nose my heart and vision of God/Spirit for me. There is no religion in this poem, but pure Spirit!

    Peace and Harmony,
    Sallyjane

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  3. Very Nice, Lori
    Thank You For Sharing. I Relate To The Mr. Freemans Image Of Gods Affirming And Unconditional Presence.

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