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Nightbirde Gives Lesson in Suffering to America’s Got Talent


John Stonestreet

Jane Marczewski was the front-runner on this year’s season of America’s Got Talent. She was forced to leave the competition last week to focus on fighting cancer. This is the third bout of cancer for the woman who goes by the stage name Nightbirde.

She was diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Shortly afterwards, her husband asked for a divorce. She spiraled into depression, struggling to speak, eat, or leave her bed for several months. 

On her blog, Jane wrote about meeting God in those dark places, even on the bathroom floor. She chose the name Nightbirde because she wants to sing in the darkest places, where she found Jesus. “If you listen for it and look for it,” she said, “you’ll see Jesus all over it.” 

Jane has what might be called a “big enough” worldview. One able to handle even the hardest challenges. As Jane put it in an interview, “The note that I’ve been given to sing in the orchestra of life is short and insignificant, truly, but I want to sing it well.” May that be true for all of us.


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