We have friends in Omaha who adopted their son from the same agency from whom we adopted Amy. He was born a year earlier than Amy, so both families were on "the list" at the same time. At one point we thought maybe we'd be able to adopt him, but our friends we either chosen or first on "the list." I don't remember the details. As is God's way, it was best for Sam to be in our friends' family. He was a perfect match for them.
Last week Sam was at the boy scout camp in Iowa that was hit by the tornado. We (along with everyone else) were shocked to learn he was one of four killed. It was so unreal. Then we were sad for his family and everyone who knew him. We never got the chance to know him because we never lived in Omaha during his life. But his family is special to our family. Dh's parents are good friends of Sam's grandparents, my parents are friends with Sam's parents and sisters. We send Christmas cards back and forth each year.
You may read about Sam here and read the sermon he wrote here. And if you think of it pray for his family.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4.