Maria Chapman…

I cannot fathom the thought of losing a child. A friend of mine once noted in his blog that there is not a word to describe the loss of a child.

It has been said that if a wife loses a husband, she is called a widow.
If a husband loses a wife, he is a widower.
A child who loses a parent is called an orphan.
But what do you call a parent who loses a child?

There is no word, for no word could ever express the sorrow.

Yesterday, Steven Curtis Chapman and his family, lost their little 5 year old girl in a tragic accident in their driveway. The story is here.

Please pray for the Chapman’s as they navigate their way through this horrible event. A blog has been set up for people to send their condolences. Their blog can be found here.

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6 Responses

  1. I was just sick when I got to work and pulled up that story on fox news. I can not even begin to imagine how they must feel. That must be the worst feeling anyone could ever. I cant seem to get that story out of my head today. I just keep praying for them and there family. God is in control of all of us and we can never take anything for granted!!!! Give all your kids and spouse a huge hug and kiss tonight when you get home, I sure will!! And my little dog “Bella”!!!

  2. This was very sad news. Ironically enough, Steven Curtis Chapman wrote this song several years ago in response to the untimely death of a friends child. I’m sure it will take on a whole new meaning for him now:

    With Hope – By: Steven Curtis Chapman

    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

  3. An unthinkable tragedy. I cannot imagine what the Chapman family is going through today. I pray that as they lean into Gods grace and understanding that they find a comfort there. No words can describe. The song in the comment above mine is so true. “We know our goodbye is not the end”. One day we will all meet Maria Chapman. What a day that will be. We will rejoice with the Chapman family as they are reunited again with their daughter.

    Thanks for the link. I pray that somehow the many people that Steven Curtis Chapman has blessed over the years can somehow be a blessing to him and his family now.

  4. 15 years ago today I almost lost my daughter as the result of a terrible car accident. Words can not describe what went on in my mind and heart when I was told that my daughter would not live through the night. God’s grace and the prayers of fellow believers carried me through. Thankfully I have her today. My heart aches for those who have to go through this, but God has a plan through it all.

  5. Listen when you have the chance – –

    God bless,
    Chris
    http://chrisschellenberg.com/

  6. I’m with you, this is so sad but I’m so thankful for the HOPE they have. I can’t imagine the loss…

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