If you’ll help me
I promise to try
to trust you enough
to believe
to really believe
in your wild and radical love
that it might even
be for me
in a very real way
and to let you hold
this sin of mine.
The one I like to carry
because I think I deserve its weight
its punishing load
should be forever shaking my arms

But I love to tell
your story,
I love to tell
how blessed
and forgiven
and loved
they are.
Because of how ridiculously wonderful
you are.

So if you’ll help me
I promise to try
to trust and believe
you can really be
that wonderful
for me




The Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO.

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