All that matters in this life below
Is not what you are or how much you know;
All the world's knowledge can make the mind smart,
But the diff'rence is made in the heart.
Michelle Malkin writes: Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman’s five-year-old adopted daughter, Maria Sue, died Wednesday when her teen-age brother accidentally ran over her as he backed the family’s car out of their driveway. Chapman’s music and life have been inspired by, and centered on, faith and family. His oldest daughter, Emily, encouraged Chapman and his wife to adopt after having three of their own natural-born children; the couple adopted three beautiful girls from China. They performed missionary work in Chinese orphanages and established a charity named after their first adopted daughter, Shoahannah. At the time the accident occurred, the 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.” Maria Sue had just graduated from church preschool.
Maria was the youngest of three girls from China that Chapman and his wife Mary Beth adopted. They also have three biological children.
The entire family was home when the accident happened. Two other kids witnessed the tragedy. Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where she later died from her injuries.
Visitation for the Chapman's little girl will begin Friday, May 22, at the Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tenn. A memorial service will take place Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m.