James Dillet Freeman Poetry

The Prayer for Protection was written by James Dillet Freeman, the “poet laureate” of the Unity movement and director of Silent Unity, the prayer ministry of the Unity movement, for many years. Originally, he wrote it in response to many requests for a prayer for protection for members of the armed forces during World War II. Since then, it has become a popular prayer used in most Unity churches and by many individuals who may never have even heard of the Unity movement.

Prayer for Protection by James Dillet Freeman

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 … and all is well.


Another of Freeman’s poems, “I Am There” was carried to the moon by the Apollo XV voyage by Astronaut James B. Irwin, and left on the moon for future space voyagers. (Astronaut Irwin’s mother gave the poem to him before his flight, and he took a microfilm version of it to the Moon). Freeman has said, “Of all the things I have written, this has meant the most to most people.

I Am There by James Dillet Freeman

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 recognize My works.

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” present.

Yet only with your mind can you know Me and experience Me.

When you get yourself out of the way, I am there.

Though you may not see the good, good is there, for I am there.

I am there because I am Omnipresence.

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.




2 Responses to “James Dillet Freeman Poetry”

  1. giftparties Says:

    Very inspirational poem to remind us all to stay in His presence.

  2. giftparties Says:

    Reblogged this on Beverly's Blog and commented:
    In lieu of #TeamRobin, The Prayer of Protection was quoted in her home growing up and we are all reminded of it as she faces her journey to recovery with dignity and grace…

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