By Jaime Thietten
Editor’s note. Jamie Thietten is a marvelous singer who will be performing twice at the National Right to Life Convention, which takes place June 28-30 minutes away from Washington, DC. I asked Jaime to reflect upon her experiences, performing before pro-life audiences.
Over the past 4 years I have had the privilege of being a part of many events that bring attention to the sanctity of human life, especially our unborn. I’ve attended Conventions, Fundraisers for Pregnancy Resource Centers, Walk’s for Life, and many more. I consider it an honor to be invited to share at these special events and to see the amazing work that these wonderful people are all doing to help protect “life.”
One of my favorites is the National Right To Life Convention. They have invited me to be part of their convention for the past two years, and I am excited to be coming back and sharing again this year. Not only is it great to see all of my friends from NRLC each year, but it’s encouraging to see all of those who have registered to come learn, share, and grow in how we can do our best at being voices for those who don’t have one.
It’s an Awesome Convention and I encourage you to try to make it this year if you possibly can. (See www.nrlconvention.com for details about how to register and reserve rooms.)
Some of the more difficult events for me to be a part of are those where individuals (both women and men) come up and share their personal experience with abortion. In most cases there is not a dry eye in the room as we sit and listen to them at their most vulnerable, sharing the heartache and loss felt by this tragic decision. But it is so important for us to hear the real-life impact and deep emotional struggles abortion causes.
Thank you to all of you who are sharing your story. I pray God will give you the courage to continue to do this. You are making a huge difference, as are those who listen and offer that shoulder to cry on.
Every time I receive a call from a pro-life organization wanting me to come share, I get so excited. It never gets old. My passion is for the unborn and all of those in need of our help and it plays a large role in my music and ministry.
And whatever I can do, whatever small part I can play in making this world a better place by spreading the message that “there is no such thing as an unwanted child,” I feel fortunate to be a part of it.
This year I have a new song to share from the brand new CD released this spring. It’s called “I Would Die For That.” It was written and recorded by a country artist (Kellie Coffey) several years ago and they pitched the song to me, knowing it would be a perfect fit for the record.
Many of you are familiar with “My Chance,” a song I released back in 2008. Although it touched many, many people including myself, it was not ‘My’ Story for I never experienced an abortion myself.
But my new song touched me deeply because I felt this woman’s pain of wanting a child and not being able to have one. After 13 years of marriage my husband and I have been unable to conceive. The song “I Would Die For That” shares the pain of desperately wanting a child and seeing people around you with families of their own, and wondering if I will ever have the opportunity to experience that. There are so many couples out there who want to start a family and who are unable to.
With this song I am able to continue sharing the message that “there is no such thing as an unwanted child.” I know it will be harder to share this song because it is my own story, but I feel that it will touch and stir the hearts of those who feel that “life in the womb” is unwanted. That is simply untrue.
The decision to start sharing the Pro-Life message has blessed my ministry and music more than I ever could have imagined. And I thank God for coming to me as I was praying, and telling me to be a voice for the voiceless. Had I not said ‘yes’ that day, my life since then would have been very different and I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet such an amazing group of people and be part of such an incredible calling.
I want to thank all of the pro-life groups and organizations who have included me in your events and I pray that God will continue to bless all you are doing to spare these precious lives.
Since 2006 I have been able to share music with almost 30 “Life” events. I hope to see you at the 42nd annual National Right to Life Convention. Stop by my booth, if you have time.
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