I cannot imagine what this family must be going through right now. Especially the 17-year-old brother who was driving the SUV.
The five-year-old daughter of contemporary Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was killed last night by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the Chapman family’s Williamson County home in Tennessee.
Maria, Chapman's youngest of six children, was playing in the driveway when she was struck by a Toyota Land Cruiser. Several members of the Chapman family witnessed the accident.
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.”
The Chapmans have three adopted children from China. Maria was the youngest. They also have three biological children. I know of couples who have received help for their adoptions through Shaohanna's Hope, a financial assistance program the Chapman's set up. They are an extraordinary couple.
KTIS plays Stephen Curtis Chapman's newest release "Cinderella" on the radio all the time. Even though I've always found it pretty corny, I've cried almost every time I've heard it when I think about Israel. The lyrics have a whole new meaning now:
"So I will dance with Cinderella, while she is here in my arms.
Cuz I know something the prince never knew.
I will dance with Cinderella, I don't want to miss even one song.
Cuz all too soon the clock will strike midnight,
And she'll be gone."
Stephen & his wife, Mary Beth, also co-wrote a song titled "Maria" for his 1992 album "The Great Adventure." You can read the lyrics here.
Please keep this family in your prayers, and every family who has lost or is losing a child.