This Poem Was NOT Written by Maya Angelou

An email has been circulating for a while with a poem that was supposedly written by Maya Angelou. A search on snopes.com reveals that the real author is a woman named Carol Wimmer.
No matter who penned it…it is a beautiful poem, so I am sharing it with you.

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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