This is what we do for the joy of the King,
For His peaceable Kingdom,
For a world in despair.
And this is why we bring any hope we can give,
Any bread from the table,
Any touch of His hand.
This is what we do.
This is where we go.
This is why we sing.
This is how we live.
This is who we are.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Such A Tragedy . . .

While most of us were caught up in all the excitement of David Cook's win as Season 7 American Idol, Steven Curtis Chapman and his family were experiencing what has to be the most horrible day of their lives.

The Chapmans' adopted 5-year old daughter, Maria Sue (pictured above with her happy dad), was accidentally struck and killed by an SUV driven by her teenage brother.  The accident occurred in the driveway of their home, and several members of the family watched the whole nightmare unfold.

Here's a link to the story.  I nearly wept when I read that SCC has just released a book about Maria called Cinderella:  The Love of Daddy and His Princess.  Oh, man.

I encourage you to pray for this family in this double tragedy--the death of Maria, and the inevitable mental anguish of her older brother.  It's all so very, very sad.


Roni said...

I cried when I saw this story last night. I really feel a connection to this family since I was in Young Americans with Steven's brother Herb, and because Steven Curtis Chapman has been Cory's absolute favorite singer for a long time. Cory has his driving permit, and every time he's getting ready to back out of the driveway, I harp on him to make sure none of the neighborhood kids are in the way. This same tragedy happened to a friend of mine from high school with their 2-year-old, so I always think about it. I can't even imagine the pain of the teenage brother. May God give them peace.

discomommy said...

I was heartbroken for them when I saw this last night. There are just no words in a tragedy like this.

Stacey said...

My heart is breaking for the family, especially the brother. Christine and Annie attended a father-daughter dinner last night. They showed a clip of Steven Curtis Chapman talking about his book. Then they danced to his song, "Cinderella" with their dad. Needless to say, they were shocked to hear the news this morning. We prayed for the family on the way to school and they said they would pray again in class. The "Cinderella" song was already such a testimony to how fleeting time is...but now...a testimony to how fleeting life itself is. A gift from God to be treasured everyday.

johnsonandjohnson said...

this is so sad....and with all the hype on his song and devastating

Brazenlilly said...

We had the same thoughts and ache when we heard the story. Thankfully they know the only One who can give a peace that goes beyond our earthly understanding, but I don't know if that will ease the pain of this nightmare. We will continue praying for them, particularly the brother.

Heidi said...

Truly devastating. It's so hard to fathom the pain that they're experiencing. I hurt for all of them, but especially the son who was driving... I'm praying that they feel God's presence right now.