I just turned on our local Christian radio station, New Life 91.9, and learned that Stephen Curtis Chapman’s 5-year old daughter, Maria, was struck by a car driven by her brother.  It was a serious accident that happened in their driveway and she didn’t survive her injuries.  Oh, this just makes my heart so sad, heavy, sick.  Please join me in praying for this family.

Dear God, Please tightly wrap Your arms of love around each member of this family, that even through the numbness of shock they will feel Your love.  Please make Your presence known to each of them and stay with them in the coming days as they work through the various emotional stages they’ll be going through.  I pray that this will not drive any of them away from You or cause them to doubt You in any way.  Instead I pray they will all draw closer to You through this, that they will cling to You tighter than ever before; and that through their grief, mourning and loss You will work through them to reach out to others.  That even in this terrible time of loss, they will see blessings and You, oh Lord, will be glorified.  In Jesus’ precious and holy name I pray.  Amen

In case you’re not familiar with who Stephen Curtis Chapman is…He’s a well-known and highly respected contemporary Christian praise music singer& songwriter.  His current song is Cinderella.  It’s a song about a dad whose daughter is growing up and getting ready to marry her prince, so he makes the most of his dances (moments) with Cinderella. How blessed Maria was to have a father who cherished his moments with her. 

Stephen Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, are huge advocates for child adoption.  I think they even started a foundation that helps make funds available for those who need financial assistance to get through the adoption process.  Maria was one of their adopted children, the youngest of three girls adopted from China.

My mind goes to the song, Held, by Nicole Nordeman (sp?).  She sings of the unimaginable loss of an infant and reminds us that God’s promise isn’t that we’ll be spared from loss and suffering, but that when we go through times of loss and suffering we’ll be ‘Held’.  May He hold each of the Curtis family members in ways He never has before and may they know they’re being held by the One and Only.

A Web site has been set up for people to learn more about Maria and to leave expressions of sympathy: chapmanchannel.typepad.com/inmemoryofmaria.

Condolences also may be sent to the Chapmans in care of P.O. Box 150156, Nashville, TN 37215. A memorial service will be Saturday morning in Nashville’s Christ Presbyterian Church.

In silence I close…