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.