For quite some time, I have enjoyed the music and ministry of Steven Curtis Chapman. While we have not met, his words have encouraged me many a time. My little Emma, the one who loves horses, often sings along with me Steven’s hit, “Saddle Up Your Horses.” I have been touched when dark days have come with his ballad, “In His Eyes.” When we are in a crazy mood, my older children and I enjoy singing “Dive” or “The Walk” at the top of our lungs (it helps that Steven and I are both tenors). And when I am in a romantic mood, I croon out the lyrics to “I Will Be Here” to my bride, Stacy.
But the passion of Steven Curtis Chapman is not only in his songs, it is in his life. He has put his faith into action, adopting three children from China and establishing the ministry Shaohannah’s Hope to help others share their hearts and homes with those most would forget.
I am sure you have heard the tragic story by now. Steven Curtis Chapman’s five year old daughter Maria was taken into Heaven yesterday in a heartbreaking auto accident. As a father of precious daughters, my heart goes out to Steven and his wife, MaryBeth, and their children.
Steven wrote a song about his daughter, Maria, called Dancing with Cinderella. Having danced with many a daughter over the years, I can understand the love he had for Maria. Steven loved his daughter, as reflected in this poignant video below. I see the same joy in Maria that I see in my Emma. And I see the same love for a daughter in Steven as I feel in my heart right now.
Yet, his love for Maria was not greater than His Lords. Jesus not only did love Maria, He loves Maria. And He is dancing with her now.
Pray for Steven. Pray for MaryBeth. Pray for Maria’s brothers and sisters.