On May 21, 2008, Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman lost his five-year-old daughter Maria Sue Chunxi in a tragic accident. Her brother's Toyota Land Cruiser accidentally hit Maria when he was pulling into the driveway of their home, and she was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital. Beauty Will Rise was Chapman's first album since the tragedy, and this first single released from the set eloquently addresses the topic of loss. In the face of all his grief, Chapman paints a picture of what Heaven must look like with Maria in it.
Chapman spoke about this song via his video blog. He commented that, "Obviously heaven has become a much more real place and something I long for more now than ever before. I can't wait to see the face of my little girl that I long to see again. I'm saying to God, 'you know my heart, and I know that heaven is so much more than that, but right now Lord, this where my heart is.' So I'm just crying out to God with this song, and it's as honest and personal as I've ever been, I just poured out my heart."
John from Troy, MiA friend of mine just lost his six year old daughter in a similar fashion to Mr. Chapman. The pain he is going through is hard to fathom. I pray he feels the love from all that surround him and that he too will get strength knowing that he too will see his daughter in heaven.