I want to express my sympathy to Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife and family over the tragic death of their young daughter, Maria Sue Chapman. Maria was one of the close-knit family’s six children.
I have met many talented Christian musicians over the years, but Steven Curtis Chapman stands out as an unusually godly and compassionate man to me.
I remember when we were in Christchurch, New Zealand, a couple of years ago and we had a long lunch together. We talked about a lot of things, but it was evident to Cathe and me that Steven’s passion was not about his career, songs, or anything like that. His passion was adopting Chinese children into Christian homes, and little Maria was one of those he adopted.
There are no words we can say to take away Steven and his wife Mary Beth’s pain in this very difficult hour, but we can turn to the One who touch them as only He can, and bring consolation.
Jesus said, “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” May He extend His comfort to this family at this time.
Little Maria is in heaven now and thank God she is not only a part of the Chapmans’ past, but also of their future. They will see her again, as all believers will reunited with their loved ones who have died in the Lord.
P.S. Steven has a Web site that tells you more about adoption of children who are in great need overseas. Check it out here.