Moments That Count

Chapman performing “Cinderella.”

I was brought to tears a few months ago while watching an interview with Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman’s wife Mary Beth. (I’ve been a lover of Chapman’s music for years now and from what I can see, he and his wife are truly the real deal. They humbly live out their faith in tangible expressions of service to their savior). Not long before Maria, one of their three adopted daughters from China, was accidentally hit and killed by one of their biological sons as he was backing out of the drive way, she and her mom had a most important talk.
Maria had been learning the song “Big House” at school. This is a fun, up beat song that talks about what heaven might be like in terms appropriate for children to relate to. I remember it well from high school youth group days:

“Come and go with me to my Father’s house,
come and go with me to my Father’s house.

It’s a big, big house
With lots and lots of room
A big, big table with
With lots and lots of food
A big, big yard
Where we can play football
A big, big house
It’s my Father’s house.”

After telling her mom about the song, Maria began asking her how she could get to her father’s house and Mary Beth was able to tell her little girl, no more than 4 or 5, the simple gospel message. Maria decided right then and there that she wanted to have a relationship with Jesus and so she and her mother prayed together. Mary Beth saw a tangible difference in her daughter’s life after that day.

A little heart was changed and a little girl unknowingly about to meet her maker and go to live in His big heavenly house gave her life to Him. How precious this story is for it reminds me of how important it is that I always be ready to take opportunities for spiritual discussion with my children. It also reminds me that even the youngest can truly come to an understanding of who He is. There is no age minimum in the kingdom and God accepts even the simplest professions of faith. How beautiful!

Let me conclude with a song Steven Curtis Chapman wrote for his adopted daughters a few years before Maria’s death, called “Cinderella.” He sings about the fleeting time he has with his daughters. No matter what the journey of parenthood brings, let the council of many seasoned parents remind us that the years will fly by so cherish them.

“So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone.”

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One Response to Moments That Count

  1. Anonymous says:

    I heard that song on the way home from work one night and thought it was great

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