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The Story of Ian and Larissa

"Marriage, a mystery that refers to Christ and the church.

Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically, but rather about displaying the covenant-keeping love between Christ and His church.

Knowing Christ is more important than making a living. Treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children. Marriage is about treasuring and knowing one another in a committed relationship.

Either way, it is short. It may have many bright days, or it may be covered with clouds, but if we set our face to make of marriage mainly what God has designed it to be, no sorrows and no calamity can stand in our way. Everyone of them will be not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed.

The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and His church shines brightest when there's nothing but only Christ can sustain.- John Piper (

And that beauty can clearly be seen in the story of Ian and Larissa - a marriage where God's love shines through and through.

Ian and Larissa met in college in 2005. They started dating and soon fell in love.

In September of 2006, on his way to work to earn money for an engagement ring, Ian's car slammed under an SUV. Along with part of his brain, it took away the plans that they had made, and left Ian with a serious brain injury.

But then came eight twenty eight.

"...And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

God held them.

This is a touching story of faith, hope and love.

For more information on Ian and Larissa, visit their blog at

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