I got word tonight on Fox News of the tragic death of Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest daughter, Maria Sue. Maria was 5 years old (only had been for 10 days). She was hit in the driveway of their Nashville home by her older brother, who was driving the family SUV. It was a tragic accident and no charges will be filed. Maria was the youngest of the Chapman’s six children. She was one of 3 that were adopted from China. A spokesman says that several family members saw the accident occur, but none of them were able to do anything to help her. My heart just broke as I read the story on the singer’s official website.
Maria and her sister were the inspiration for the singer’s latest hit song, Cinderella. The first time I heard the song I cried, and I’ve cried every time I’ve heard it since. Tonight I went over to YouTube and found the video for the song. If you’ve never heard the song, grab a box of tissues. Or even if you have, grab a box anyway because the song takes on such a different meaning now. So here, in honor of Maria Sue Chapman, is the video for Cinderella, as well as an interview with Chapman about the inspiration for the song.
My thoughts and prayers tonight are with the Chapman family. Know that the thoughts and prayers of thousands more are with you and your family as you endure these difficult days! Heaven has another angel today.