I don’t normally write my blog this early, and I don’t seek to track current events too closely. But I checked Justin Taylor’s blog this morning and read about a tragic event in the family of Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman. It seems that Chapman’s son was driving into the family’s driveway and struck his little sister, Maria. Though efforts were made to save her (she was airlifted to a Nashville hospital), she passed away yesterday, a five-year-old life now ended.
My heart grieves for the Chapman family and for others of the household of faith who experience loss on this level of tragedy. I have not experienced this sort of tragedy. However, it is immediately clear to me that an event like this is a watershed moment for an individual, a family, and the church to which that family is connected. The fact that the loss of life came as the result of a family member adds a depth of sadness that is difficult to fathom.
If you can, pray for the Chapman family. They are a vibrantly Christian family led by a man of strong character and deep love for the Lord, and they need prayer for recovery and the grasping of hope in a terrible season. Also, consider supporting the family’s fund to support adoptions. Apparently, Chapman and his wife have a great heart for adoption; Maria was adopted, in fact, and Chapman helpfully encourages local churches to support the cause of adoption because of our spiritual adoption by Christ which has made us the sons and daughters of God. It seems a fitting tribute to this family and its biblically driven concern to consider making a donation to a fund that supports other families who are seeking to adopt. It would be just like the Lord to use an event of unspeakable tragedy to bring hope to many people. Perhaps this death will result in the extension of blessing, both physical and spiritual, to many hundreds of orphans, unwanted children, and others who currently have little hope in the world.
Here are links to check out for more information about Maria and the adoption fund started by Chapman:
- In Memory of Maria, a blog in Maria’s honor.
- A sweet video of Chapman with his daughter.
- The adoption fund, Shaohannah’s Hope, that funds couples who want to adopt and need financial aid.
May the Lord bring hope, and healing, and blessing through this sad time.