Who I Am (part II)

I am Marta.

I am an imperfect person made perfect through the grace of God.

I am eight inches of hair lying on the beauty salon floor.

I am the Caribou Coffee shop on Highway 65.

I am the white 2004 Buick LaSabre named Donald, whose battery is not underneath the hood but in the backseat.

I am the stained glass windows in LaGrave CRC.

I am the creek that runs behind my grandparents’ house.

I am a necklace made of two nails, soldered together to form an Ichthys.

I am a thunderstorm in Holland, Michigan summer of 2007.

I am the nights spent in my kitchen with my dad teaching me how to box out.

I am dozens of letters I never had the courage to send.

I am May 8, 2009, the day I said my first swear word out loud.

I am skype calls from Minneapolis to Sioux Center, and then eventually Sioux Center to Johannesburg, and Sioux Center to Nicaragua.

I am six million stars.

I am a job interview in Aaron Baart’s office.

I am the carpet squares in Trinity Reformed Church.

I am seat 23A from LAX to FSD.

I am a man telling me that my story mattered in the middle of a 4.87 million square foot building that was designed to tell me otherwise.

I am the cross made of wood from an old barn that hangs in the Worship Arts Room at Dordt College.

I am a forgiven sinner made whole through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

I am Marta.

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