The Chapmans’ interview with Larry King Live brought tears to my eyes, when SCC and and his wife, Mary Beth, talked about the day of the accident. At times, I thought Larry King seemed brusque and insensitive with his questioning, but the family took the questions in stride and spoke from their hearts. It was an amazing hour, especially to hear the wisdom of their 18-year-old son Caleb share how they will live their lives in light of Maria’s death: honoring Maria by honoring the One who gave her to them, and not being ashamed of what they have been created to do. Larry King asked SCC his motivation for continuing on, despite this tragedy:
LARRY KING: Why do you want to go on?
STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN: The reason for that is, you know — and we read it before we came out here again today — I think the word of comfort. We realize — one of my first thoughts when this happened, we had just come back from China. We were sitting in the Shanghai airport in China when the earthquake hit. We didn’t feel it. But we do a lot of work in China with orphans. We had been there doing some of that work. We’re on our way home. We got home and started to hear the numbers of how many had died. We’d just been with our friends there. Our hearts were broken.
Even as we were in the emergency room grieving the immediate news of Maria going to heaven, I immediately thought of the people of China and I thought, we have — we have a comfort. We don’t have words. We don’t have an explanation, as we’ve fumbled over trying to explain how, why, all that. But we do have a comfort and we do have a hope.” – From Larry King Live, August 7, 2008
Jesus said in John, chapter 10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” After Maria’s passing, I prayed for the Chapman family – that God would put a hedge of protection around their whole family and protect them from Satan’s lies and attacks. I believe God is answering that prayer.
The entire show is available on You Tube now, divided into segments. I included the last few moments of the broadcast in the link below. A full transcript of the interview is available here.