I Am

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by John Oldham
Tune Name: PORTAGE LA PRAIRE

Lyrics as Poetry

I am the sunshine in the morn.
I am the cry of love’s new born.
I am the rain upon the lawn.
I am the mourning dove at dawn.I am a friendship warm and close.
I am the banquet guest and host.
I am the presence you can’t see.
I am the voice of harmony.I am the holy; sacred one.
I am the light of noon-day sun.
I am the wonder of the stars.
I am the spirit near, yet far.I am a friendship warm and close.
I am the banquet guest and host.
I am the presence you can’t see.
I am the voice of harmony.I am the call deep in your soul.
I am the voice that says be whole.
I am and I will be with you;
I am a guiding hand for you.


Words by
John OldhamCopyright © 1996 by John Oldham

Comments About Song

A Reflection by
JOHN OLDHAM


March 28, 2020:

“I Am” was written while I was serving as United Church minister at Rama First Nations near Orillia, Ontario. I was moved to jot down the words on a piece of bedside paper early in the morning. It was inspired by Exodus 3: 11-15.

While in conversation with God, a reluctant Moses is told “I will be with you.”

Anticipating his return to the Israelites, Moses is concerned that they will ask him, “What’s his name?”

Moses asks God, “So what can I tell them?”

God responds, “I am who I am. You must tell them that the one who is called I AM has sent you to them… This is my name forever; this is what the future generations are to call me.”

The poetry flowed onto the page effortlessly, as if by automatic writing (or spiritual dictation!). For me, “I Am” has a mystical quality beyond the confines of religious orthodoxy and creedal propriety, rooted in nature and relationships. It is a psalm of reassurance concluding with “I am and I will be with you” which is the promise that Moses received from I AM. We need to trust that same reassurance today in dealing with the crisis of the Coronavirus Pandemic.


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I AM
One Verse
played on piano by Ron Klusmeier

Scripture References

  • Exodus 3:14
  • 1 Corinthians 15:10

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • God∶ nature of
  • God∶ spirit of

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