Wednesday, May 21, 2008

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE CHAPMAN'S!

There are no words to express the heart wrenching grief and heartbreak we are experiencing right now for this precious family. Lord God our Heavenly Father, we need you more than ever....

"Maria Sue Chapman, adopted and youngest daughter to Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, was killed Wednesday night in a tragic accident in the family driveway on Wednesday evening. She was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital but for only reasons God can explain she went home to Him... not to Franklin as we all so desperately wanted.

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. And yet we trust in a God who was not surprised by this and because of Jesus I am certain through faith in Him we will see Maria again. - Jim Houser (Manager)"



This is an absolute tragedy. This family has been an inspiration to so many as they have dedicated their lives, music and ministry to the plight of the orphan and to Jesus Christ. They are so dear to many, we love them and ask all of you to please pray for them without ceasing during this most difficult time.

WITH HOPE

1 Thess. 4:13-14 / Heb. 6:9, 10:23

This is not at all how
We thought it was supposed to be
We had so many plans for you
We had so many dreams
And now you've gone away
And left us with the memories of your smile
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you, but ...

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
'Cause we believe with hope
(There's a place by God's grace)
There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again

And never have I known
Anything so hard to understand
And never have I questioned more
The wisdom of God's plan
But through the cloud of tears
I see the Father's smile and say well done
And I imagine you
Where you wanted most to be
Seeing all your dreams come true
'Cause now you're home
And now you're free, and ...

We have this hope as an anchor
'Cause we believe that everything
God promised us is true, so ...

We wait with hope
And we ache with hope
We hold on with hope
We let go with hope

Words and Music by Steven Curtis Chapman
(for friends whose young daughter died in a traffic accident)

6 comments:

Jenni Saake said...

Grieving and praying tonight!

Anonymous said...

Praying so hard for their family!!!
heard the news and cried..
In shock.

Brandi said...

I had never heard that song before. Oh how God was speaking to and preparing them so long ago. May those truths whisper to his soul. May that friend be able to stand guard and hold up their arms this week. I literally sit here and weep at the idea that they are not alone.

Joining you in prayer and thankful that you choose to pray for others in the midst of your own pain. That speaks of Jesus

Brandi

the albertsons said...

Thanks for posting the words to that song. I ditto everything Brandi said. God is so good to us, even in the midst of heart wrenching tragedy. Praying for the Chapmans, and praying for you all too as you watch and wait for news.
with love
becca

Amy said...

I am grieving for and with the Chapman family.

Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?
Job 30:25

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27

Precious in the sight of the LORD [is] the death of his saints.
Psalms 116:15

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
John 11:25-26

Brandi said...

Just wanted you to know that you are your daughter are in my thoughts and prayers right now. Have you heard anything?

Brandi
PS Tara is there right now (http://littlesilvestriboy.blogspot.com/) can you send her a picture or something? I know that might sound silly, but it ran through my head.