When I say I am a Christian

Typically I am posting things I have written, poems…essays…stories…. whatever. But tonight I came across this poem that seems to have stirred up a lot of controversy with its copyright/author.  Some Google searches find this poem connected to Dr. Maya Angelou and others list the poem as being author unknown…but I have done my research and found this copy to be the original version with the correct copyright and author. It is a very beautiful poem; I think there is so much beauty in truth. Enjoy. (I did post my own picture though haha)

When I Say, “I am a Christian”

When I say, “I am a Christian,”  I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”

I’m whispering, “I get lost!  That’s why I chose this way”

When I say, “I am a Christian,”  I don’t speak with human pride

I’m confessing that I stumble-needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian,”  I’m not trying to be strong

I’m professing that I’m weak and pray for strength to carry on

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not bragging of success

I’m admitting that I’ve failed and cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, “I am a Christian,”  I don’t think I know it all

I submit to my confusion asking humbly to be taught

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not claiming to be perfect

My flaws are far too visible but God believes I’m worth it

When I say, “I am a Christian,”  I still feel the sting of pain

I have my share of heartache which is why I seek His name

When I say, “I am a Christian,”  I do not wish to judge

I have no authority–I only know I’m loved

Copyright 1988 Carol Wimmer

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