I’ve been weeping since I read the news at CNN.
The 5-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said.
The girl, Maria Sue, was hit in the driveway of the family’s home Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
On a blog set up for the public to leave messages of support, Chapman’s manager wrote,
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. These words are unthinkable to type.
I can barely type through the tears. Steven’s music has meant so much to me over the years, and his commitment to his wife and family have been a great inspiration to me. During my last year at Truett Seminary he led our chapel services once and I was so blessed to share that with him. Teary-eyed from the service, I approached him to shake his hand, and he reached out and gave me a big hug.
Steven, Mary Beth, and family–you are in my prayers today and into the future. You are so deeply loved.