Thursday, May 22, 2008

please pray

Please say a prayer for the family of Steven Curtis Chapman today (Left to right: Will Franklin, Maria, Steven, Shaoey, Mary Beth, Stevey Joy, Caleb and Emily). Yesterday morning, his youngest daughter, 5-year old Maria Sue, was struck and killed by an SUV driven by her brother.

The family has set up a video blog of Steven and Maria taken just two months ago. You can leave your condolences here.

A statement by Jim Houser, Steven's manager, reads as follows:

Maria Sue Chapman, adopted and youngest daughter to Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, was killed Wednesday night in a tragic accident in the family driveway on Wednesday evening. She was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital but for only reasons God can explain she went home to Him… not to Franklin as we all so desperately wanted.

Your prayers are needed for all in the Chapman family. This is a family who has so generously loved and given to so many. Just hours before this close knit family was celebrating the engagement of the oldest daughter Emily Chapman, and were just hours away from a graduation party marking Caleb Chapman’s completion of high school. Now, they are preparing to bury a child who blew out 5 candles on a birthday cake less than 10 days ago.

If you've ever seen seen Steven in concert or really listened to the lyrics of his songs, you know how passionate this man is about God. Please pray that the presence of his Savior fills their home.

God of all comfort, please hold them close.

8 Comment:

At 5/22/2008 10:36 AM, Blogger Kim had this to say ...

I heard about this on the radio this morning. It is beyond tragic. :( Just as you are, I'm praying that God comforts them and holds them tightly.

At 5/22/2008 11:05 AM, Blogger Kim had this to say ...

I'm back. I just watched the Cinderella video the whole way through. There are no words, only tears. And I also read your CWO May article just yesterday, Last Time... I'm going to go give my boys a big hug.

At 5/22/2008 11:24 AM, Blogger Vick had this to say ...

My eye's are leaking and my heart is heavy for this family who blesses so many. May the Lord comfort them and heal her brothers heart.

At 5/22/2008 11:33 AM, Blogger Tracy had this to say ...

Wow, that video says it all. My heart is broken for this wonderful family. Jesus, hold them close, give them Your strength.

Thanks for posting this, and Kim, thanks for sending along the link.

At 5/22/2008 8:26 PM, Blogger suzzanne had this to say ...

I just knew you would have a posting on this, Shanny. I heard the news this morning and have been praying for the entire family, especially her older brother. And listening to "Cinderella" makes me cry more than it ever has before. :(

At 5/23/2008 5:28 PM, Blogger Kari had this to say ...

This is so tragic. Unfortunately, it also happened to friends of ours. The father was backing up and thought his son had gone in with the mother while the mother thought the dad had him. It devastated their family (and almost broke up their marriage) but ultimately the experience brought them to their knees before God. I really pray for the son (brother)at this time. He will carry the weight of this the rest of his life, as my friend does.

At 5/30/2008 6:19 AM, Anonymous Frankenstein had this to say ...

God bless! 5 steps from Grief to Grace is my advice to the Chapmans, and you – you may read here my new essay on the subject: http://frankahilario.blogspot.com/

At 6/01/2008 1:28 PM, Blogger boutcrazy had this to say ...

Steven Curtis Chapman spoke at our chapel at LifeWay Christian Resources in January. I've posted some of his comments on my blog about moments. It was very touching espeically in light to what happened to his family.



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