Steven Curtis Chapman’s Daughter Dies

From the Steven Curtis Chapman website:

NASHVILLE, TN…5/21/08… At approximately 5pm on the afternoon of Wednesday May 21st, Maria Sue Chapman, 5 years old and the youngest daughter to Steven and Mary Beth Chapman was struck in the driveway of the Chapman home in Franklin, TN. Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in Nashville, transported by LifeFlight, but died of her injuries there. Maria is one of the close knit family’s six children and one of their three adopted daughters.

More than five years ago, Chapman and his wife MaryBeth founded The Shaohannah’s Hope Ministry after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China. The ministry’s goal is to help families reduce the financial barrier of adoption, and has provided grants to over 1700 families wishing to adopt orphans from around the world. Chapman is a five-time GRAMMY ® winner and 54-time Dove Award winning artist who has sold over 10 million albums and garnered 44 No. 1 singles.

The Chapman’s have posted this memorial video of Maria at their blog:


15 Replies to “Steven Curtis Chapman’s Daughter Dies”

  1. Sometimes in the wake of sadness we shrink back into silence. I know many are praying in their hearts: Father God, may your peace which passes all understanding, keep the hearts and minds of the Chapman family, through Christ Jesus.

  2. As a parent it breaks my heart to hear about such a tragedy, such news is never easy to hear. Our prayers and thoughts to the Chapman family and friends in this time of sorrow. May God bring them all Peace and Hope that only Jesus can bring.

  3. I know this is going to sound really harsh and unpopular.
    There are a few things that are overlooked here, i couldn’t find the heart to post it at chapman website.
    Consider the following :-
    1. it was reckless driving that killed an innocent child.
    2. No name was given as to the driver, where else if this was to happened to some other families, the driver who has just commited this “accident”, would have been named. Why should one be further protected when its a loss of life has occured.

    3. Maria is 5 years old and she is not immobile but an active young child. It would take the driver to drive the vehnicle at an unacceptable acceleration to kill that kid at HOME driveway.

    As much as the pain of the chapman needs to be comforted, one cannot just ignore the “crime” that was commited.

  4. JusticeImpartial,

    I appreciate your perspective and if we had all the facts your points might be well taken, but your comments are based on assumptions that Maria’s brother was driving recklessly at a high rate of speed in the driveway of the family home. We just don’t know that to be true. it MAY be true, but there are no facts in evidence to support your assumptions.

    When I was 17 years old I backed my car out of the driveway of my parents home, running over my mother’s dog who was laying in the driveway behind my car. I was not driving recklessly nor at a high rate of speed. The dog wasn’t killed immediately but later died. I can’t remember now exactly, but I know that either two nieces or two nephews – ages around 4 to 6 – were sitting on the front porch and witnessed the accident. How I thank God it wasn’t one of them behind the car.

    The notion that you can’t kill a child by backing a car slowly over him or her is just not something I’m ready to believe. I think the majority of people who comment here would tend to agree.

  5. Words seem inadequate at a time like this. Often a look of compassion, an embrace, a card of love sentiments is all we as mortals can offer.
    Here however, is a dilemma; Was this fore-ordained (Pink), or was this fore-known? The way in which you answer this should dramatically change your response. If it was fore-ordained, who shall be dismayed at the directive of God? Should it be fore-known, the normal emotional responses of grief, sorrow, tragedy,and sense of loss would be normal. This situation brings the relativity of our system into focus.

    For the Chapman family;
    “we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast”

    Though the angry surges roll
    On my tempest driven soul,
    I am peaceful, for I know,
    Wildly though the winds may blow,
    I’ve an anchor safe and sure,
    That can evermore endure.

    And it holds, my anchor holds:
    Blow your wildest, then, O gale,
    On my bark so small and frail;
    By His grace I shall not fail,
    For my anchor holds, my anchor holds.

    Mighty tides about me sweep,
    Perils lurk within the deep,
    Angry clouds o’ershade the sky,
    And the tempest rises high;
    Still I stand the tempest’s shock,
    For my anchor grips the rock.

    I can feel the anchor fast
    As I meet each sudden blast,
    And the cable, though unseen,
    Bears the heavy strain between;
    Through the storm I safely ride,
    Till the turning of the tide.

    Troubles almost ’whelm the soul;
    Griefs like billows o’er me roll;
    Tempters seek to lure astray;
    Storms obscure the light of day:
    But in Christ I can be bold,
    I’ve an anchor that shall hold.

    And it holds, my anchor holds:
    Blow your wildest, then, O gale,
    On my bark so small and frail;
    By His grace I shall not fail,
    For my anchor holds, my anchor holds.

    You are correct, It seems really harsh.

  6. Don, The Good Lord works together ALL things for the Good of those who love Him. While we can celebrate, appreciate and take comfort in the full sovereignty of God, I don’t believe that having an emotional response to seeing parts of God’s plan play out in any way diminishes a theological position.

    Are you suggesting that for those of us who fully believe in the ordination of ALL things, that we can not respond to any situation with anything but a gleeful, “That’s how God wanted it”?

  7. Don,

    What do we do with verses like:

    “Our God is in the heavens; he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.” Psalm 115:3

    “Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” Job 2:10

    “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” Daniel 4:23

    Even Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus after saying that God designed Lazarus’ illness and death for his own glory (John 11:4, 35). Can we not weep at the death of little Maria even though we know that God has designed it for his own glory?

  8. Don,
    Do you trust in the Living God who predestined – foreordained – elected – choose – personally directed, the death of His own Son?
    Acts 2-23
    Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;

    Jesus death was far worse than the death of the little girl even as innocent as she might have been in human terms Jesus was completely innocent.

    Do you understand he was the only innocent person who ever lived? Think about that “he knew no sin” not even one…surely you realize that this little girl knew sin and committed sins every day just like you.
    Which was more horrific her death or the death of Jesus?

    Did not God predestine His death? Or in the implications you are using above, it just accidently happened that way and God allowed it wringing his hands saying if only there was not free will I could stop the car but I did not see it coming soon enough to help?
    Please if you are correct point to the Word where I might find this new doctrine?
    The Word is clear you need stop trusting the wisdom of men and believe what he says about His power and wisdom. God does not need your defense of his absolute power making excuses for him, read Job or for that matter any book of the Bible. God presents Himself as all powerful in complete control over all the earth things seen and unseen, even the death of our little children, in this we can morn like Jesus did at the tomb of his friend while still being ready to praise the one who purposes these trials for whatever reason he desires.

    You use the metaphors of the seas destructive force as it crashes upon our ship or life. Who is it who controls the wind and waves??
    Even your very own poem argues against your opinion.
    The Bible says it is the Lord’s…

    Psalm 107:25
    For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.

    Luke 8:25
    But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”


  9. OK, so answer the question.

    Jesus also gave the reason for his reaction to this situation;
    … because of the people which stand by … that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
    Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. Is this the reason you weep?

    The reason for my weeping is different than His. I weep and have no control over this death, Christ wept and was able to do something about it.

    Mel, You exaggerate my implications.”… it just accidentally happened that way and God allowed it wringing his hands saying if only there was not free will I could stop the car but…”
    Taking your position, even these words we engage in now, are predetermined, this discussion is not ours but Gods. Are you speaking these thoughts from your own mind or have they been placed there by God? Was this discussion foreordained? Help me understand.

    “surely you realize that this little girl knew sin and committed sins every day just like you.” ~~~ No, not “just like me”. Hers would be sin nature, mine include illumination and failure.

    13And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.

    14But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

    15Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
    Like I have stated before, there is much I can not reconcile but there is much I can.

    BTW, do you suppose that she was reprobated or elected?

  10. I’m sorry to have to be the one to say this, but really you guys, this IS SO inappropriate! My son when he was three used to say when he saw inappropriate actions,”If theys come to my house and do that, I will say UMMMM.” May I take this opportunity to say,”UMMMM!”

  11. Don,
    In a humble spirit of kindness.
    It is not my opinion that God controls all things nor is it my opinion that children sin the same way as I do. (I should not have used you but me in the example sorry) It is God’s word which makes these statements. You should be careful when you make born children as only having a sin nature when it is clearly evidenced they actualize sin and the Word of God says:
    “For ALL have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God” “There is not one righteous no not one”
    Is not the little girl included?
    An unborn child has only a sin nature where they have not acted on their sin impulses as any born person does every day the same way everyone does yes even very young children yes even babies sin, it is self evident not even considering the word of God is crystal clear on this point I could use many more verses. And my point was in the first place which you completely missed and failed to address. Was not the innocent one, the Lord Jesus death more terrible in that he was completely innocent? And God planned this most terrible thing that ever happened why could he not plan something so terrible as her death also for his glory no one has any idea how these events will be used by a completely sovereign God.
    I made no attempt to judge her spiritual state or judge her that is the Lord decision he makes those choices for children who die young, the Lord makes these judgments not me nor you, we should leave these things to him, “shall not the judge of all the earth do right”?
    You are auguring with God not me I did not give my opinion but am quoting scripture in context, you on the other hand using the scripture where the Lord is teaching a lesson on true faith and what it looks like and other things which do not fall into the interpretation you are using.
    “Hers would be sin nature, mine include illumination and failure”
    Could you point out where this is taught in the word of God? Where children do not have the same actualized sin life as say me? Instead of an out of context passage a clear passage that gives this teaching?
    The verse you used has nothing to do with your use of it in a sin context, as a matter of fact sin is not the issue here it is true faith.
    Have you never noticed that little children knowingly sin? My little girl when she was 18 months old was taught not to play with her moms things that were on the tables, you know breakables.
    One day I found her playing with one of the things behind the coach which was placed along the wall she had climbed behind the coach and when I found her she stuck it behind her back without me saying a word and tried to hide it from me.
    This is what is called in scripture as guile or deceit and she was actualizing sin not just having a nature of sin but living it. I nor her mom never taught her how to deceive she just did it. Haven’t you ever seen a child cry to get attention they are just using deceit in many cases there is nothing they are in need of they just want something their own way. This is what it means to be a sinner; everyone goes the way that they would like instead of following Gods way.
    “We all like sheep have gone astray “
    Yes I am using my own mind and Yes it was foreordained both are true.
    The same way God planned out Jesus death and then held the people who committed the crimes responsible, this is what is taught by the Word. How he worked it all out I have no idea nor do you, we can only apprehend these truths comprehension is far too deep for us mortals don’t you think? The same way we apprehend the Holy Trinity it is clearly taught then we bow and say “Yes Lord”.
    Thanks Much

  12. Mel,
    “As you wish” ( The Princess Bride, circa 1987)

    Thanks for the discourse.
    Nancy is correct. This is not the appropriate post to debate this topic. I was wrong in starting it.

    My apologies to all.

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