How a Tragic Accident Taught Larissa That "Our Capacity to Love Is So Rich"

When Larissa and Ian began dating in college, they knew they had found the kind of love that would last a lifetime. They had planned to marry after finishing school, but 10 months into their relationship, an accident would change everything.

Ian lost control of his car and veered into oncoming traffic, nearly losing his life. He spent months in a coma and sustained traumatic brain injuries that would render him dependent on others when he finally awoke.

After the accident, Larissa prayed for answers to the questions that plagued her mind. "God, why us?" she would ask. "Are we being punished for something?"

Larissa prayed for God to take away her feelings for Ian if staying with him was not what her future was to be, but she found that her love for him remained. Four years after the accident, Larissa and Ian finally wed.

Larissa and Ian shared a strong connection with the Christian faith when they met, and though this tragedy tested their resolve, it would also fortify their spiritual strength and love for one another.

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Published 10/07/2015
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