A Loss For Words

We are at a place right now where words just aren’t enough. Please pray with us for our dear friend.

This is taken from Steven’s 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 family is so grateful for the incredible outpouring of love and support at this difficult time.

If you’d like to meet Maria and express your condolences click here

By mail, send to PO Box 150156 Nashville, TN 37215.

In lieu of flowers, the Chapmans request any gifts be directed to Shaohannah’s Hope.

Funeral Arrangements for Maria Sue Chapman
FRI May 23rd Visitation 5-8p
SAT May 24th Memorial service 11a
at Christ Presbyterian Church
2323 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN
(615) 373-2311

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  • Jessica

    Unimaginable. And absolutely heart-breaking- what they must be going through.
    May God move in a mighty way in all their lives, to comfort them right now in their devastation… and ultimately be glorified through them in some way that is unseen now.
    Our hearts and prayers definitely go out to this sweet family right now.


  • Sandi

    Heartbreaking! I can’t even imagine what they are going through, especially the son that was driving the car. My heart has broke for them this week and I continue to pray for them daily.
    I came across this song by Steven Curtis Chapman, it’s soo sad, and I bet he never imagined that God would place this song on his heart to write…and it’d be for him.

    — With Hope BY Steven Curtis Chapman
    This is not at all how we thought it was supposed to be
    We had so many plans for you, we had so many dreams
    And now you’ve gone away and left us with the memories of your smile
    And nothing we can say, and nothing we can do
    Can take away the pain
    The pain of losing you…

    But we can cry with hope
    We can say goodbye with hope
    ‘Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no…
    And we can grieve with hope
    ‘Cause we believe with hope
    There’s a place, by god’s grace,
    There’s a place where we’ll see your face again
    We’ll see your face again

    And never have i known anything so hard to understand
    And never have i questioned more the wisdom of god’s plan
    But through the cloud of tears, I see the father’s smile and say, “Well done,”
    And I imagine you where you wanted most to be
    Seeing all your dreams come true
    ‘Cause now you’re home and now you’re free

    And we can cry with hope
    We can say goodbye with hope
    ‘Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no…
    And we can grieve with hope
    ‘Cause we believe with hope
    There’s a place, by god’s grace,
    There’s a place where we’ll see your face again
    We’ll see your face again

    We have this hope as an anchor
    ‘Cause we believe that everything
    God promised us is true…

    We wait with hope
    And we ache with hope
    We hold on with hope
    We let go with hope

  • Katherine

    It is just an unthinkable tragedy, and my heart has been heavy for them ever since I found it. I continue to pray that the God of ALL comfort will rain His peace, love, and comfort into their lives at this time-and that He will especially wrap his arms around the son and remind him it was an accident and he is not to blame.

    Sandi, I was listening to that song yesterday and thinking the exact same thing-I hope that it will be minister to him like I imagine it has ministered to so many. I pray that God will move mightily through this, and that they will all be brought closer to God and He will be glorified-even in the midst of sorrow and confusion.

    Lord, wrap your loving arms around the Chapman family and draw them close to you-reminding them that you are there and you love them. May your name always be glorified…

  • Christy Sharp

    Lord, let it rain peace in this family.

  • Heidi Reed

    Peace, comfort, love, and strength for them all, Lord. Amen.

  • Amy

    We were at the mercy me/SCC christmas concert in Atlanta when God spoke loudly to us to finally pursue a China adoption and thats where we are, waiting. God used the Chapmans to bring so many families and I pray that they find comfort, love and peace.

    I have been forever touced by this family

  • Robbie Paisley

    This just breaks my heart as I cannot imagine what they are going through. This brought back so many memories for me as it reminded me of my son’s best friend, who died from injuries in the Nashville tornado, 10 years ago. That was the first time I ever knew anyone who had lost a child. It was so unbelievably painful so, I can only imagine what the Chapman family is going through.

    Maria was only 5 years old, just a baby. And I feel so bad for his son and the guilt he must be experiencing. I pray that God will wrap His loving arms around the Chapman family and to heal their hearts during this very difficult time.

  • Brenda

    As soon as i heard the news …i came home cried and prayed…i have a six yeard old and i cant even begin to imagine…. i have no words…. i will continue to lift The Chapman’s up in prayer

  • Todd Branson

    I hugged my 2 year old daughter a little more tightly that day. The pain and sorrow, but I agree with Steven, he will see little Maria again in her glorified state and that Jesus has wrapped his arms around her and is waiting for the family to take over. Pray for the child that accidantly ran over Maria. I can’t imagine the pain. I wish I could just go over there and give the child a big bear hug and just love. May God bless and love the Chapman family. I love you and you are in my prayers and thoughts.

  • my Heart breaks

    It is all over the secular blogs. Through tragedy may God get the glory and see the beautiful family that the Chapman family is. May hearts be open to the love of Jesus Christ, that through suffering, all may know His love and Him being closer than anyone through triumph and through tragedy.
    My prayers go out to the Chapmans

  • jenn

    Now that the memorial is over, they need our prayers more than ever as the grieving process begins. We also need to remember to lift up their sweet boy – oh how I can not imagine what he is going through. Please Jesus carry him through this and heal him soon.

  • flo

    Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with the family. We never know why things happen the way they do..On May 16, my mom passed away. I let many years go by without her, blaming her for her mistakes..I couldn’t see how wrong I was..Three weeks before she died, we argued..she went to bed breathing hard..I prayed to God to help me stop blaming her I told God “you know my heart” (1stSamuel:16) I cried out to him to help me…He did after all those years…I held my mom as she died…she told me “don’t cry, God is coming to take me home”..and she told me she loved me over and over until she slipped into a coma and died very fast…
    We never know just how fast life can be over. Though I told her over and over that I loved her, it still wasn’t enough to make up for all the years I ignored her…But, I know now that I truly forgave her when God touched me that night and let peace join my mom and I…Just a reminder to everyone, forgive, forget and love….because life is so short….God bless the Chapman family and everyone.

  • Robbie Paisley

    Flo, your post really touched my heart. I’m so glad you were able to forgive her and be there with her. I think we all have some regrets when a loved dies. I have lost both of my parents and my only sibling, a sister. Although, they all knew that I loved them I still have regrets of things I wish I had done or said.

    It breaks my heart to know the pain that the Chapman’s son has to be going through. I pray that God will heal him and help him to understand it was accident.

  • kristina

    My heart is breaking for the Chapman family. I haven’t stopped thinking about them and what they are going through. I am praying and will continue to. May God bless them and heal them.

  • Tammy Levesque

    I was very hurt for this family as soon as I heard the news of this I could not stop saying over and over again Oh Lord Oh Lord please Oh Lord hold this family up Father, especially the son. Christians never ever hurt someone by design. I just pray this young man knows when God chooses to bring anyone home that day was ordained long before the foundations of the earth were laid. Unfortunately sometimes the how of it hurts others more. some verses that always bring peace in death.

    Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better than a good ointment, And the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth. Isaiah 57:1 Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time.But no one seems to care or wonder why.No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. Praise God he protects and loves us, from the youngest to the oldest. We lost my youngest sister to a sudden and very strange death when she was away from home for the first time in her life at college,there to learn how to become a doctor so she could work with little children. She was 17 and that was 17 years ago,the hurt has been dulled, But we knew anyway(and Praise God) my parents daughter, and our beautiful kind, intelligent, giving, charitable,angelic sisters time had come. The Lord provided each of us strength, we had no idea we had, to endure that time. Now we look forward to our reunion in eternity. My prayers will not cease for this lovely Godly family, for strength, and encouragement, and peace in their hearts. Especially their son. I pray God will pour out understanding on this young man, that accidents happen always, sometimes there is another person involved and sometimes there is not.
    May Gods hands hold them up in their weakest moments,and may he strengthen them in every possible way. God Bless all of the Chapman family and all of you who read this. Love in Christ Jesus, Tammy

  • Rebecca T

    I was doing homework when i read the article about it on the news- okay, i was SUPPOSED to be doing homework…like i should be doing now… ANYWAY, i was so shocked when i heard about what happened, i remember sitting there staring at the computer screen going, ‘This can not be happening…there must be some mistake.’ But my heart especially goes out to their son… i can not imagine what he is going through right now. Even though he knows it was an accident and it was not his fault, he still bears the guilt of knowing that he was at the wheel when the car hit her. That must be SO HARD for him especially. We need to pray specifically for him, that God will show him His forgiveness.

  • Melody Moore

    My heart aches for this family. I have been a huge fan of Steven’s music for many years. I know what its like to loose someone you love. They have been in my prayers.

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