Wednesday, 3 August 2011

What I really mean when I say I am a Christian, in Maya Angelou's words

One of my favouite Maya Angelou poems:

When I say ... "I am a Christian"


I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin'."
I'm whispering "I was lost,
Now I'm found and forgiven."



When I say ... "I am a Christian"

I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need Christ 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 need His strength to carry on.


When I say ... "I am a Christian"

I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.



When I say ... "I am a Christian"

I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.


When I say ... "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.


When I say ... "I am a Christian"

I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
Who received God's good grace, somehow

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