18 responses to Remembering Nickel Mines, 10 Years On
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    trisha rose
    Comment on Remembering Nickel Mines (October 3rd, 2016 at 08:57)

    Remembering Nickel Mines

    “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.” ~Matthew 6:14 (NIV)

    It has only recently occurred to me that forgiveness is not easy. So often you hear people say “I’m sorry” and for whatever reason, it doesn’t always come across as being sincere. I suppose the same can be said about “I forgive you”.

    However, I feel that until you have experienced a tragic loss such as the death of these five, innocent girls do you realize that the spirit of forgiveness is truly God-inspired. A boldness of faith must exist within the depth of one’s heart to have the strength to say “I forgive you for what you’ve done.”

    An unconditional love exudes from the one offering the forgiveness even before remorse has been stated. I see this with Jesus on the cross when He asks God, the Father, to forgive those that put Him there. And then, there is the scene of the thief on the cross asking to be remembered. What a tremendous display of forgiveness.

    I hope that I can give this much forgiveness as have the parents of those beautiful little girls………..

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      Comment on Remembering Nickel Mines (October 3rd, 2016 at 14:42)

      Remembering Nickel Mines

      So very eloquently said, Trisha. AMEN!!
      May our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ continue to teach us what it truly means to love and to forgive and may His Holy Spirit envelope and comfort all those in great loss.

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      Comment on School shooting (October 4th, 2016 at 19:49)

      School shooting

      I’m so saddened to hear of this story,I hate hearing it anywhere,you have to be very evil to do such a thing to harm a child.I talk and play with many Amish children, I know many and a Amish man does all my families construction and building,I lover the Amish tremendously
      out here in Fort Plain N.Y,there are many they live here very freely,with no harm,there aren’t to many who would dislike them we have hose and buggy parking signs
      And I do business with anything I need that they see I’m their customer for good
      I love you all,some of the world’s nicest people you’ll ever meet in your lifetime,and there some in out fire department, so they are also out there to help in many ways,God Bless them all with love Pam

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        Comment on Remembering Nickel Mines, 10 Years On (October 5th, 2016 at 06:39)

        Thanks for sharing Pam. Sounds like you are part of a great community there in upstate NY.

        It’s ten years on but reading about the continuing effects on the survivors and relatives really brought home that this is something they’ll be carrying in some form all their lives. The story of Aaron Esh in particular made an impression. I hadn’t heard much from the perspective of the boys there that day. I hope that he can find some peace.

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    Comment on Witness (October 3rd, 2016 at 09:00)


    Amish Grace says it all. What a witness for who they are and what they believe.

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      Comment on mines 10 years (October 4th, 2016 at 01:13)

      mines 10 years

      The amish are such calm peaceful folks. God has given the grace and peace of mind to forgive such evil acts. I live in wisconsin and have a close friendship with an amish family in cashton. We visit 2 to 3 times a year. Spend money buying beautiful quilts and bent hickory items. My hubby and i mail cards back and forth throughout the year to see how everyone is doing in the community. No matter what happens they always end up on both feet aftet bending there knees to god to forgive the evils of this word. May god give all amish great riches in heaven for all there grace and forgivenesd here on earth. With much love and respect. Linda and ron

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        Karla Miller
        Comment on Thank you. (October 4th, 2016 at 10:42)

        Thank you.

        Thank you for your beautiful post.

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    Comment on 10-yr Commemoration (October 4th, 2016 at 14:40)

    10-yr Commemoration

    I really wish the Amish would’ve come here to Hawai’i. Perhaps if they had, we’d be a very different place with less stress, less crime, and a slower, more peaceful place to live. Hawai’i is NOT the paradise everyone thinks it is and we all need to get back to the basics; faith, love, and charity. “But the greatest of these is LOVE.” Only love allows forgiveness! May God continue to bless all those who seek to glorify Him!

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Remembering Nickel Mines, 10 Years On (October 4th, 2016 at 16:08)

    I still remember the day it happened. My own daughter was less than 2 months into her 1st year as a 5th grade teacher, and I couldn’t help but think of her and her class. I tried to imagine the loss those parents, the whole community, had to deal with. Later, I read a different book about the shooting, and how the Amish can actually forgive those who hurt them so deeply. If only we could all do the same!

    For the shooter’s mother to do all she’s done since then is an example of how Amish forgiveness is like a ripple in a pond, encompassing those around them.

    God bless everyone involved…the victims, community, first responders, the surviving children and teacher, the shooter’s mother…they’re all linked forever by what happened 10 years ago.

    Alice Mary

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      Amish Girl-Rebecca
      Comment on Remembering Nickel Mines, 10 Years On (October 4th, 2016 at 17:26)

      I also remember exactly the day I found out and the fear in my students the following morning. Any knock or sudden interruption to classes after that gave you a heart-jump. But time goes on and what a powerful testimony to all.

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        Comment on Remembering Nickel Mines, 10 Years On (October 5th, 2016 at 07:02)

        I can only imagine Rebecca. This was something no one imagined happening and when it did it had to be traumatic even in places far away from Lancaster County. You and hundreds of other teachers I am sure helped your scholars feel some normalcy in the days following this event.

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        Mark — Holmes Co.
        Comment on Remembering Nickel Mines, 10 Years On (October 5th, 2016 at 10:35)

        I know how you felt, Rebecca. I was still teaching at the time and it was awful to see what effect the incident had on my scholars. Someone had brought word to the schollhouse not long after it hit the news and asked me to step outside to tell me what had happened. It just wouldn’t sink in right away… When I finally went back inside it was just starting to sink in and I looked at my pupils all looking at me in a curious way (as in what was that all about) and thought of what had just taken place, I starting to cry and really struggled not to lose it. I did tell the pupils in a very vague way what had happened and decided I would send them home early, but I made sure I was outside watching them as long as I could. It was a heart-wrenching day and more so because we have friends whose children attended that school and later in the day confirmed they had indeed lost daughters.

        That evening different teachers were discussing what to do and there was talk about locking the doors and so on. It so happened that our school was getting ready for Fall Program (as we had decided to do a fall/ Thanksgiving program that year instead of a Christmas Program just for something “different.) For one of our plays, we acted out one of my favorite poems, “The Unbarred Door.” After all the children were in that morning, I locked the classroom doors. At recess one of my pupils commented that my locking the door was not in keeping with the message or lesson in our poem and I felt chagrined. I decided to put my trust in God fully and absolutely… We continued to keep the door facing the road locked as we always had, as we didn’t use it often, but the other two doors remained “unbarred.” If you are not familiar with the poem, check it out. From the time I learned it in fourth grade until now, it still stirs me.

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      Comment on Remembering Nickel Mines, 10 Years On (October 5th, 2016 at 06:54)

      I thought these excerpts (and the full articles I got them from) really brought home how that forgiveness process wasn’t just like waving a magic wand, but that it was something that had to be worked through and revisited again and again. This idea is explored in the book Amish Grace as well.

      I was sad to hear that Terri Roberts is dealing with cancer, though fwiw she seems to be in good spirits in the interview. When she spoke at the Amish forgiveness conference at Elizabethtown College several years ago, she really gave the impression of someone with a lot of energy and passion for what she was doing.

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    Drew Lebrecht
    Comment on Inspiring (October 13th, 2016 at 17:25)


    Not long after this happened, my mother and I were having a discussion and somehow forgiveness made its way into the conversation. My mother said that the Amish response of forgiveness showed her that forgiveness is a beautiful thing. Sometimes I look at that situation and feel ashamed of myself. These folks forgave something so tragic, meanwhile I hold onto anger over mere words. I hope I can be more like these Amish were. God bless

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    Comment on Remembering Nickel Mines, 10 Years On (October 17th, 2016 at 14:55)

    Erik, this is a very good thread <

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    Comment on Beauty from ashes (October 30th, 2016 at 06:48)

    Beauty from ashes

    This extreme example of God’s Sovereign grace and forgiveness has echoed around the world and the Amish, the Millers and others of the Amish Community have inadvertently been co-workers with Christ in this example of showing His grace and mercy to a fallen world. We cannot question how God uses those He has chosen. Poor Jeremiah! Thank the Lord that wasn’t me that had to go around naked for 2 years and eat food cooked over poop. God has to use those fully surrendered to Him to bring the most extreme messages to the world. Please can someone tell the father who lost a daughter that this work, this cross allocated, has produced a profound story of God’s extreme forgiveness that has echoed around the world. To forgive the unforgiveable. How is that possible for us as humans? Well, you have shown us the example. To come every day and lay our cross down again at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ. And again an hour later. And again. Please can someone tell Aaron Esh, that how on earth could we have appreciated this message if he had intervened, if he had remained and ‘saved the day’? God’s ways are not our ways, and this poor young man needs to understand that it’s NOT His fault. The Lord God Almighty is the Shepherd of the sheep, the Savior, absolute and unquestionable Lord of All. He is The One who was fully aware of what happened that day, and He allowed it for His purposes, to bring HIM Glory. For all we around the world can now say, what KIND of forgiveness is THIS? In these times of Noah! It is the same forgiveness extended to humanity upon the cross, bringing Glory to Jesus Christ. And the Amish have been honoured as His faithful servants as well. INSTRUMENTS in HIS hands. Lord did NOT instruct His beloved child, Aaron Esh, to interfere with or stop His plans and purposes in this case. If it was God’s will to stop this the roof would have landed on the perpetrator’s head and instantly killed him, or the Lord would have raised up someone else to bring him down. He did no such thing. It is the Lord who writes the story and brings it to pass. He has the Sovereign authority to do that. Perhaps Aaron Esh can come to wholeness and peace to understand that the Lord did not raise him up to stop His message of how to forgive and ultimately, hope, from resounding around the world, but perhaps to help others around the world come to understand how to forgive – others and themselves. May the Lord Almighty bless Aaron and all those affected by this tragedy with beauty from these ashes. May the people who ave suffered simiar tragedies around the world since then, find the Lord through this profound message of forgiveness and hope, given by the Amish

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    Comment on Remembering Nickel Mines, 10 Years On (December 13th, 2016 at 11:08)

    Wait, you guys have computers???

    God help this world!

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