After Christian recording artist Matthew West performed two benefit concerts for an adoption agency and pregnancy center, he began to think about the work they do every day to save lives.
West said their life-saving work became the inspiration for his new song “Untold.” The song encourages pregnant women not to “close the book” on their unborn babies’ lives:
I am God’s miracle in the working.
Proof that all things can work for the good.
I’m fingers and toes,
And heaven already knows,
The name you pick out to me, already belongs to me.
So don’t close the book on me yet.
I still got a long way to go.
Empty pages to fill,
And the best part is still down the road.
I am a story untold.
On his website dedicated to “Untold,” West explained more about the story behind the song:
… I found myself reflecting on these incredible organizations and so many other ministries who are truly unsung heroes in giving a voice to ALL of God’s children. I received a thank you letter from one of the centers saying,
“Our staff is praying that God will give you a song to begin to change the hearts of people regarding abortion, the women and men caught in crisis pregnancy, and for ministry to those who have had abortions. It is such a controversial subject but truly it is only God’s love that changes hearts and that is what we want to do, share that love with others. That is what you do so well.” -EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MCPC – Mid Cities Pregnancy Center
God placed this song on my heart and I pray it will serve to honor and inspire ministries, churches, organizations, and individuals who courageously share hope and life-affirming options to all those in need, along with forgiveness and compassion for those who seek it.
Through his music ministry, West encourages people to share their stories of faith and hope with him. He collects the stories and shares them on his music videos and at concerts. His new song is no exception. On his website, West shares four true stories of women who chose life for their babies in difficult circumstances.
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A young woman named Veronica told West how she became pregnant when she was 16 years old. Though everyone around her told her to have an abortion, Veronica chose life for her daughter.
“With every voice you trust telling you that your only option is an abortion, where do find the strength to make a different choice?” Veronica said. “My boyfriend and I spoke deeply about how hard this was going to be, and then one day – my heart cried out. My heart cried out that my life was not going to be ruined, that my boyfriend and I could give life to this child.
“She may have not been planned, or by worldly standards wanted…but God had His plan, He had our family’s story written far before any of us ever knew it.”
That is the message that West hopes will encourage other women to choose life for their unborn babies. Watch “Untold” here.