The story of Larissa and Ian has been shared in several places in the Christian world. But Desiring God has been doing a particularly excellent job of keeping those interested in Ian and Larissa up to date with their progress.
To those unfamiliar, Ian and Larissa are a married couple whose story is unlike most of ours. They have encountered many trials, and have persevered in a tenacious, Christ-like love.
Ian and Larissa were like any other college-aged couple – enjoying the carefree fun of dating – until the day Larissa received a troubling phone call. Her boyfriend, Ian, had been involved in a car wreck. Larissa immediately began to pray that God would spare Ian’s brain, as she drove to the hospital to be with him.
But Ian’s brain had been traumatically injured. And for several hours he was in surgery, as doctors worked and Larissa prayed. Miraculously, Ian pulled through surgery and began to make progress. Brain-activity tests showed him to be gaining ground. Larissa made the decision to move in with Ian’s family, so that she could become a part of Ian’s daily care.
The two continued to date, though Ian was unable to talk.
“We just prayed that some day marriage would happen. We watched all of our friends get married, and that was challenging. But we just tried to hold out hope that that would be us some day”.
And it was. Eventually, step-by-step Ian re-gained the ability to communicate enough. And he and Larissa began to pursue engagement.
I think what helped me, Larissa states, is knowing that Ian would not have left me, if the roles were reversed.
Ian and Larissa were married. And they began to build the foundation of a marriage, though with a unique set of challenges.
We are able to love each other with just a more Christ-like love I think, because of Ian’s disability. And we are able to understand that picture a little bit better than if you were healthy, Larissa offers.
Agree? she asks Ian. Yes, he states firmly.
In the past 3 years, Ian has made continued progress. He is able to walk on his own, enjoying increased freedom of movement. And he and Larissa move forward in building a solid, married love.
When asked: How have you seen God at work in your marriage? Ian is quick to respond, A better question would be, how have I not seen God at work in my marriage?
Ian and Larissa have been at work writing a book, sharing their adventures and experiences in seeing God’s faithfulness to their marriage. Entitled Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn’t Give Up, the book releases August 28th of this year.
In honor of their dedication and perseverance, and in conjunction with my birthday which is also 8/28, I have pre-ordered 2 copies of When Love Didn’t Give Up: Eight Twenty Eight – one for myself and one to give away.
If you would like to be entered for this giveaway, please leave a comment at the end of this post. Or, click over to the Facebook page and leave a comment there. I will leave the giveaway open until Friday, as Summer fun has slowed blog traffic down. And please take 8 minutes to watch Ian and Larissa’s beautiful story on the video above. It is well worth a few moments of your time.
Happy Monday, all.