Easter and Passover join hands next week. Passover and Good Friday fall on March 30 and Easter on April 1.
Jesus always takes center stage for Easter. For years I had problems with the concept of Jesus until I started studying the spiritual/psychological/non-dual metaphysical book, “A Course in Miracles.”
Maybe since he was proclaimed “the chosen one” (i.e., the favorite son of God), it made me wonder about the rest of us. Did he care about me, or anyone else for that matter? I decided probably not. But in “A Course,” Jesus tells the scribe (Helen Schucman), that yes, he is a Son of God — but so are you and I. He is not special. We are equals and all equally loved!
“The miracle is a sign of love among equals. Equals should not be in awe of one another because awe implies inequality. It is therefore an inappropriate reaction to me. An elder brother is entitled to respect for his greater experience, and obedience for his greater wisdom. There is nothing about me that you cannot attain. I have nothing that does not come from God. The difference between us now is that I have nothing else. This leaves me in a state which is only potential in you.” (“A Course in Miracles,” T.1.II.3.4-12).
He also says that we do need help and He and the Holy Spirit are here for us. “I go before you because I am beyond the ego. Reach, therefore, for my hand because you want to transcend the ego. My strength will never be wanting, and if you choose to share it you will do so.” (T. 8.V.6 7-9). Hold out your hand (i.e., your mind) and he is there. Yes, He is the Christ but so are you and I and everyone, whether we accept it or not.
I have gradually come to believe that Jesus is really real, not in the bodily sense but within the fox holes of life where faith holds our hand and trust, the light. God does not need us but we need to know that love and grace are always there.
Recently I learned about the mystical poem “I am There” by James Dillet Freeman. He is sometimes known as “the poet laureate of the moon” because two of his poems are on the moon. “I Am There” was taken by astronaut James B. Irwin in 1971 and “Prayer for Protection” by Lunar Commander “Buzz” Aldrin in July 1969.
Wishing a blessed Passover and Easter to all, here are the poems of assurance:
I am There
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 recognize 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. 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.

The Prayer of Protection
The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us;
The power of God protects us;
The presence of God watches over us;
Wherever we are, God is!
— Sally McKirgan facilitates the Tidings Inner Peace Column and one of several “A Course In Miracles” study groups in the Rogue Valley. Contact her at innerpeaceforyou@outlookcom. Learn more about the history and mystery of “I am There” by James Dillet Freeman at www.unity.com.