Remembering Nickel Mines

"Sleep, baby, sleep/Your father herds the sheep/Your mother shakes a little tree/There falls down a little dream/Sleep, baby, sleep" – Amish lullaby
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
The news from Lancaster, Pennsylvania today offers hope and encouragement after so much suffering and heartache.

Four of the five girls injured in the terrible attack last month at Nickel Mines have returned home. One has returned to school full time. Two others are going part time. All have a long road ahead of them. Contributions for the families now total more than three million dollars.

We've been impressed in the past by the quiet dignity of the Amish. Our hearts go out to them.

In this season of gratitude, in this week of giving thanks, the good people of Nickel Mines have more than enough sorrows to nurse – but blessings to count, as well.