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Just read this tonight.  Incredibly tragic.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee authorities say the 5-year-old daughter of contemporary Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman has been struck and killed by a sport-utility vehicle driven by her teenage brother. Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman Laura McPherson says the girl, Maria, was hit in a driveway at the family residence this afternoon south of Nashville. McPherson says the Toyota Land Cruiser was driven by the girl’s brother. McPherson says several members of the Chapman family witnessed the accident. Chapman is originally from Paducah, Ky. McPherson says the brother apparently did not see the little girl. McPherson did not have the name or exact age of the brother. Vanderbilt Medical Center spokeswoman Laurie Holloway says the girl died later at the hospital.

Source: Delaware Online

I can’t even imagine what they are going through right now.  Pray for God’s comfort for the family, and pray in particular for her brother.

HT: Justin Van Rheenen

Update: Fox News has a story on it now with more details.

Also in Iowa, we had a similar tragedy… a toddler was killed in her driveway by a meter reader who drove up and didn’t see her.  Please pray for the Kochan family of Swisher, IA, as well.

2nd Update 5/23/08: There is a blog that been set up where you can directly share your condolences to the Chapman family.

You can also send condolences by mail to:

Steven Curtis Chapman

PO Box 150156

Nashville, TN  37215

Also, donations to Shaohannah’s Hope, a ministry started by the Chapmans to mobilize Christians to care for the world’s orphans is encouraged.   Maria was adopted from China by the Chapmans and they have established a memorial fund where people can donate in lieu of sending flowers.

Source: Steven Curtis Chapman’s website

If you haven’t met Maria, here’s a video you can watch.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

To all of the mothers who read this blog – Happy Mother’s Day!  I hope that you have a wonderful day today!

Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates, (Proverbs 31:28-31, ESV)

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This is a video of Amena Brown – a spoken word artist sharing this poem during a worship service.  Wow.  I had goose bumps.

God is so wonderful, majestic, indescribable and worthy to be praised.  My prayer after watching this is that there would be less of me and more of Jesus in my life.

HT: Ellen Stevens

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