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Steven Curtis Chapman’s 5-Year Old Daughter Maria Sue Dies In Accident At Family Home

Filed Under (For What It's Worth) by Kev1 on 27-05-2008

Maria Sue Chapman, May 13, 2003 to May 21, 2008

I just found out about this sad news through a friend.

On Wednesday May 21, 2008, Maria Sue Chapman, the youngest daughter of contemporary Christian singer/songwriter
Steven Curtis Chapman,
died in an accident. Around 5pm that afternoon, the 5-year old was hit by an SUV in the driveway of the Chapman home in Franklin, TN. She was rushed to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in Nashville by LifeFlight air medical transport but later died there of her injuries.

Just hours before the accident, the family had been celebrating the engagement of the oldest daughter Emily Chapman. They also planned to go to a graduation party a few hours later, marking Caleb Chapman’s completion of high school. But instead, they had to prepare to bury a child who had recently graduated from church preschool and just blew out 5 candles on a birthday cake less than 10 days earlier. Maria Sue Chapman shall be dearly missed. The Chapmans are a close knit family and we can understand how difficult this time of loss is for them. If you’ve never seen Maria, here’s a video filmed about 2 months ago that the Chapmans like to remember her by.

The Chapman family have also set up a blog in memory of Maria. Maria is in a better place now, in the loving arms of our heavenly Father and they shall see her again in heaven.

In Steven Curtis Chapman’s latest album, This Moment released last fall, the main theme focuses on living in the present, taking time to appreciate our God-given blessings, and family is something especially close to his heart. During an interview some months back, Steven talks about treasuring the moments watching his daughters grow up. Here is what he had to say about one of the album’s hit singles, Cinderella.

And here’s a live version of Cinderella which Steven performed at a concert in Iowa.

I’m not sure of the official lyrics to the song but this is the closest I could match to the version sung above.

Cinderella

[Verse 1:]
She spins and she sways to whatever song plays,
Without a care in the world.
And I’m sittin’ here wearin’ the weight of the world on my shoulders.
It’s been a long day and there’s still work to do,
She’s pullin’ at me sayin’ “Dad I need you!
There’s a ball at the castle and I’ve been invited and I need to practice my dancin’.
Oh please, daddy, please!”

[Chorus:]
So I will dance with Cinderella,
While she is here in my arms.
‘Cause I know somethin’ the prince never knew.
Oh I will dance with Cinderella.
I don’t wanna miss even one song.
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight,
And she’ll be gone.

[Verse 2:]
She says he’s a nice guy and I’d be impressed.
She wants to know if I approve of the dress.
She says, “Dad the prom is just one week away,
And I need to practice my dancin’.
Oh please, daddy, please!”

[Chorus:]
So I will dance with Cinderella,
While she is here in my arms.
‘Cause I know somethin’ the prince never knew.
Ohh-oh-oh Oh I will dance with Cinderella.
I don’t wanna miss even one song.
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight,
And she’ll be gone.
She will be gone.

[Verse 3:]
Well she came home today with a ring on her hand,
Just glowin’ and tellin’ us all they had planned.
She says, “Dad the wedding’s still six months away but I need to practice my dancin’.
Oh please, daddy, please!”

[Chorus:]
So I will dance with Cinderella,
While she is here in my arms.
‘Cause I know somethin’ the prince never knew.
Ohh-oh-oh oh-oh-oh I will dance with Cinderella.
I don’t wanna miss even one song.
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight,
Oh and she’ll… She’ll be gone.

In view of what’s happened, this song just brings tears to my eyes. I’ve had the privilege of having Steven Curtis Chapman sing and lead worship in my church a couple a times over the years and I have been touched and blessed by his ministry. To all brothers and sisters in Christ whose heart goes out to the Chapman family as well, let us pray that they may find comfort and strength in the LORD Jesus Christ.

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