In this season of Thanksgiving we give thanks for family, friends, and our Heavenly Father who sustains all in both good times and bad. Amy , the writer of this piece (posted by Rev. Walt Snyder), I was privileged to meet years ago at a Reformation party held at her parent’s country home in rural Missouri when I served an LCMS congregation in the Concordia North Circuit. I had just completed preaching a joint Reformation service and the pastors had gathered at the Ritoch home. As a homeschooler, Amy showed herself to be very wise for her age back then and very knowledgeable about Luther (who would be an apt topic that evening). May her profession of faith and hope in the face of tragedy give your encouragement this Thanksgiving.