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“When I Say I’m A Christian…”


This is not the post I had planned for tonight.

You’ll have to come back tomorrow for that.

A  friend of mine on Facebook posted this, and it struck such a chord with me that I felt the need to share it.  Now. I’ve read many things by Maya Angelou, but never this. She captured the essence of what it means to be a Christian in such a simple, beautiful way.

“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.”
― Maya Angelou

I have read it over and over, and am just so humbled to be so loved. I am so very happy to have a place to go where I can be my imperfect self,  to have my Lord know my every wart and still find me worthy of love, even when I fall so short of my intentions. And all I had to do was ask Him into my heart.
Wow.

About tatterednworn

I am a woman who has committed to living a creative life.

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