Carol Wimmer – When I say, "I'm 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 onWhen 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 taughtWhen 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 lovedCopyright 1988 Carol Wimmer

Note: this poem has been slightly modified and widely circlated as either, author unknown or attributed to Maya Angelou (as I did). I have posted the original above with the correct attribution to Carol Wimmer. http://www.carolwimmer.com/ has both the original poem and the history of the poem. Sorry for my mis-attribution Carol!

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2 Responses to Carol Wimmer – When I say, "I'm a Christian"

  1. Joanne says:

    Maya Angelou did not write this poem. It was written & copyrighted by Carol Wimmer. Check it out.

  2. dk says:

    Joanne,

    Thank you for the correction! I picked this up off of a friend’s site and will make the correction there as well. I’ve reposted the original version and fixed the attribution.

    Note to all: this poem has been slightly modified and widely circlated as either, author unknown or attributed to Maya Angelou (as I did). I have posted the original above with the correct attribution to Carol Wimmer. http://www.carrolwimmer.com has both the original poem and the history of the poem. Sorry for my mis-attribution Carol!

    dk

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