About the Author

Melissa Zaldivar is a social in the world of academics and an academic in the world of socials. She's an author and podcast host with a BA in Communications and an MA in Theology. She loves a good sandwich, obscure history, and wandering around New England antique shops.

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  1. Beautiful story of God’s purpose being greater than we can imagine! Thanks for sharing Melissa!

  2. What a compelling and relatable testament you’ve shared about God’s loving hand in our lives!
    Thanks, Melissa, for your inspiration!

  3. What a heart-wrenching, but encouraging story! According to the National Park Service information, the Hartwell Tavern is called a “witness house” because it “overlooked the opening acts of the Revolutionary War, and now stands as a physical reminder.” How perfect is that! Not just in the historical sense, but in the spiritual! Our God is able to give us the strength to stand…and even thrive through whatever battles or tragedies come our way. He calls us to be His witnesses in this world, to share our stories of deliverance and freedom, and peace that passes understanding. Thank you, Melissa, for sharing this today.

  4. What a blessing this story is. What a gift we have in Jesus and how God uses people to fifth His message of the Blessed Hope we have.❤️❤️

  5. Melissa,

    As I’ve aged I realize how fragile life can be. We need to treasure every moment we can with those we love. How wonderful it is to turn a tragic situation into a memory of the lives of those we’ve lost. Such an encouraging story. Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings 🙂