Maria Chapman...goes to Heaven!

Maria Chapman, five-year old daughter of contemporary Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife MaryBeth, was tragically killed in an accident on Wednesday afternoon, near their home in Franklin, Tennessee.

This horrible accident claimed the life of their precious daughter (one of three adopted from the People's Republic of China), after their oldest son wasn't aware of her in the driveway.

All efforts were made to save her life, and she was eventually airlifted to the Children's ward of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Chris Fabry Live! did a special program today, asking and addressing the question of "What now?" when such tragedies occur.

Chapman's music has always ministered to me in powerful ways. I first heard him sing more than 20 years ago, when I was stationed in the United States Air Force at Beale AFB, California. On my last Sunday in the Base Chapel there, I sang one of his signature songs. These words are even more true today, in light of this horrific tragedy:

As I look back on the road I've travelled,
I see so many times He carried me through;
And if there's one thing that I've learned in my life,
My Redeemer is faithful and true.
My Redeemer is faithful and true.

My Redeemer is faithful and true.
Everything He has said He will do,
And every morning His mercies are new.
My Redeemer is faithful and true.

My heart rejoices when I read the promise
'There is a place I am preparing for you.'
I know someday I'll see my Lord face to face,
'Cause my Redeemer is faithful and true.
My Redeemer is faithful and true.

And in every situation He has proved His love to me;
When I lack the understanding, He gives more grace to me.

For those of you who read my blog, I have one very simple request:

Please take a few moments, bow your heads, and ask God to be near Steven, MaryBeth, and their families tonite. This Faithful Redeemer will hear and answer your prayers.

Of this, I am sure.


Leigh said...

So terribly sad!! My prayers are with all of them. I cannot imagibe what their son is feeling (todays Oprah was on this exactly-how to get through accidents that killed a fmaily memeber).

Prayers are uplifted.

Trina said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hello.

Wow, this post got to me. Anything involving children and tragedies leaves me crying for days. My daughter is 5 and I just think of what I would do, how I would react in a situation like this. My kids are my greatest joy besides my husband and I can't imagine getting through something like that. I know God's peace surpasses all, I just don't ever want to be put in that situation.

Being a from Alabama, I am not sure if you know who Rick and Bubba are, but back in January Rick lost his almost 3 yo son in a terrible drowning accident. He was the same age as my son and even though I didn't know him I cried for weeks and still tear up at the thought of it.

Sorry this was so long. My prayers are with them.