Tragedy for Steven Curtis Chapman’s family

In a statement issued by Jim Houser (Manager)…

“Maria Sue Chapman, adopted and youngest daughter to Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, was killed Wednesday night in a tragic accident in the family driveway on Wednesday evening. She was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital but for only reasons God can explain she went home to Him… not to Franklin as we all so desperately wanted.

Your prayers are needed for all in the Chapman family. This is a family who has so generously loved and given to so many. Just hours before this close knit family was celebrating the engagement of the oldest daughter Emily Chapman, and were just hours away from a graduation party marking Caleb Chapman’s completion of high school. Now, they are preparing to bury a child who blew out 5 candles on a birthday cake less than 10 days ago. These words are unthinkable to type. And yet we trust in a God who was not surprised by this and because of Jesus I am certain through faith in Him we will see Maria again. – Jim Houser (Manager)”

The following video is one of Maria from a video blog shot with her father Steven Curtis Chapman.

My heart goes out to Steven Curtis Chapman and his whole family.  I don’t even want to imagine the amount of grief and suffering they are experiencing, for it must be great.  Their darling Maria Sue was the same age as Hannah Rose. 

I know there is tragedy in this world on a daily basis, to which I don’t usually comment here in my blog.  But about this I couldn’t be silent.  Steven Curtis Chapman’s music has touched my life in profound ways over the years.  His music has helped me to weather many storms.  It is my prayer now that the inspiration behind his music and the God he so loves will help him, and his family, to weather this storm.

The following videos are the story behind Steven Curtis Chapman’s song Cinderella, and the video for it.  Warning:  you may need kleenex.

Steven Curtis Chapman Website

 Steven Curtis Chapman’s On-line Channel


(Left to right Will Franklin, Maria, Steven, Shaoey, Mary Beth, Stevey Joy, Caleb and Emily)



  1. Lesley said,

    22 May 2008 at 3:46 pm

    My heart goes out to them…..

  2. 22 May 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Listen when you have the chance – –

    God bless,

  3. Frankenstein said,

    30 May 2008 at 5:56 am

    God bless! 5 steps from Grief to Grace is my advice to the Chapmans, and you – you may read here my new essay on the subject:

  4. 20 June 2008 at 4:43 am

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Nefariousness!!

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