The five-year-old daughter of Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman was killed last night when a car apparently driven by one of her older brothers hit her in the Chapman family's driveway. In what local police are calling a "terrible accident,"
Maria Chapman was playing in the driveway when she was struck by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by one of Chapman's teenage sons. The police did not identify the driver, according to The Tennessean.
A statement on Chapman's website says, "Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, transported by LifeFlight, but died of her injuries there." Maria was the youngest of the Chapman's six children.
Some of the poignant lyrics Steven wrote for a friend after they lost a child are so real now for himself:
We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
'Cause we believe with hope
(There's a place by God's grace)
There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again
I've seen Steven in concert several times. He's a Christian singer and writes most all of his music. I've watched his career throughout the years, keep track of what he's doing and check out his new music. I know Allison can relate, after you've seen someone perform so many times, you feel like you know them and their family.
I posted his charity on my blog in the past: http://andreasmindworks.blogspot.com/search/label/shaohannahshope.org
Please keep his family in your prayers.