Chapmans Speak of Daughter's Death

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Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his famly spoke Thursday night on Larry King Live about the loss of their 5-year-old adopted daughter and sister.

It's the second interview the Chapmans have given since their youngest daughter Maria Sue was accidentally struck and killed May 21 by an SUV her brother was driving.

The entire Chapman family spoke with CNN host Larry King about the moments right after the accident, the questions that are still unresolved, and how their faith in God is helping them through, minute by minute.   Watch more of that interview here.

Wednesday, Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to speak about their family's devastating loss.

"We have talked a lot, and you will hear all of us talk about the process of grieving with hope," Chapman told GMA anchor Robin Roberts.

"That's what has kept us breathing, kept us alive, is that while we are grieving this process, there is a hope that we have that we're anchored to in the midst of just what sometimes seems unbearable," Chapman said.

Chapman's manager, Jim Houser, said Wednesday in a blog on Chapman's Web site that the family will travel to California Thursday for the CNN interview. In his post, he petitioned God to give the Chapmans strength and courage, God's peace and His words to continue speaking about their family tragedy.

"If you do," Houser prayed, "I'm crazy enough to believe that the time on Larry King Live in LA on Thursday could change someone's day, and just might change their life. And May it be so. May it be so for many."

Many supportive fans also left comments about the GMA interview and their prayers for the Chapmans and their children.  Watch GMA Interview

"I cried when I saw the video from GMA, especially when Mary Beth spoke. A mother's love is so deep and it just hurts so bad when even one of your children is hurt or sick. You would take their place in an instant if you could. ... Many Blessings for the Chapman Family for all who will be watching them," wrote Connie.

Sue in Virginia posted, "My heart and prayers are with you all for this journey and mission for and from God.That many people will come to the Lord this day because of a loving God and a little beautiful girl from China and a precious family who is grieving for her. My heart is so heavy for you all."

Janele's post summed up the heart and spirit of all the comments left by empathic fans.

"My prayers continue, along with my tears for all of you. I have long been confident that Maria's legacy will be the sharing of the Gospel with millions that may have never heard it before. My prayer tonight is that all of you would take comfort knowing that God is being glorified through all of this pain," she said.

Although Chapman and his family are considered strong Christians, he told Roberts on GMA Wednesday that the accident caused their family to question their faith in God.

"We're a family with a lot of questions," he said. "But that's what faith is. It's living with the questions. That doesn't mean you have the answers. That's exactly what faith is," he said.

At first, the tragedy hit the Chapman family so hard, Steven talked about never doing any concerts or media again, his manager Houser said.

"But quickly, God began to show Steven that if he ever believed the songs he was writing, singing and recording before May 21 and Maria's loss, that they must still be true now," Houser added.

The Chapmans say the decision to speak out was not easy, but know it will show others their trust in God.

"It's the family's hope that these appearances will serve as a chance to proclaim to a watching world what they know and are deeply convinced of. Even in these difficult days, the Gospel is true and faith in Christ is our hope," Houser said.

Chapman decided to return to touring in July.

Since the death of his daughter, the family has received an abundance of support. By early June, donations to "Maria's Miracle Fund" had exceeded half a million dollars, according to Chapman's Web site.

The producer and co-writer of Chapman's current single "Yours" even offered all of their royalties from the song to be donated to the charity. Donations made to Shaohannah's Hope, a non-profit organization the family started to help adoptions, are received from around the nation.

Maria was one of three girls the Chapmans had adopted from China.

Sources: ABC News, CBN News, Steven Curtis Chapman Web Site, Beliefnet

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