In a recent interview, Grammy-winning Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) artist Steven Curtis Chapman opened up about his journey through grief and his conviction to sing about God’s faithfulness, 15 years after the tragic loss of his 5-year-old daughter, Maria Sue Chapman.
Chapman’s 2022 album, “Still,” reflects on the beauty and challenges of life, describing it as “more painful, more wonderful than I ever could have known.” The title track specifically references his daughter’s accident and underscores God’s presence in the midst of pain, with a chorus proclaiming, “Still, I’m gonna sing about the One who’s given life to me … His love is unchanging, His grace is amazing.”
In the interview with Christian Headlines, Chapman expressed a desire to encourage others through his personal journey. He emphasized the humility in recognizing that God is in control, despite the ongoing pain from the loss of his daughter. Chapman shared that even after 15 years, the grief hasn’t diminished, but through God’s grace, he chooses to acknowledge God’s faithfulness and goodness.
Reflecting on his experience, Chapman stated, “I’ve seen that You are good, even with the hard and sadness and the ache and the longing that we live with.” He expressed a simple yet powerful message: trusting God, singing about His goodness, and holding onto faith amid life’s difficulties.
Celebrating his 50th No. 1 hit earlier this year, Chapman recently recorded a TBN concert special, “Steven Curtis Chapman: The Great Adventure,” featuring the Nashville Recording Orchestra.
Feeling compelled to minister to those broken and grieving, Chapman aims to reach individuals who, like him, view the world through the lens of brokenness. He believes that now, more than ever, people need the hope of the gospel amidst global conflicts and personal losses.
Chapman’s recent loss of a close friend, adoption advocate Mike Hamilton, prompted him to reflect on the brokenness in the world. Despite the challenges, he remains committed to sharing hope. People frequently express gratitude to Chapman for discussing hope in the midst of pain.
Drawing inspiration from the Psalms, Chapman highlighted their significance in his life. He referred to the Psalmist’s expression of despair, asking how long God would forget him. However, he emphasized the resolve to trust God’s goodness and faithfulness, declaring and singing about it. Chapman sees his role as living with the tension of the “already and the not yet” and feels encouraged to share this perspective with others.
As Chapman continues to minister through his music and concerts, he aims to inspire those grappling with brokenness and grief. His message remains clear: amidst life’s challenges, trust God, hold onto hope, and sing about His goodness and faithfulness.