Ian and Larissa have a precious story of what love is really about! This couple are an inspiration and wonderful example! Her selfless love and his joyful contentment mixed together with their faith in God and belief in God doing all things well, is beautiful and challenging! This is an introduction letter by John Piper about Ian and Larissa and their story!
Desiring God exists to help people everywhere understand and embrace the truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. And I would add, especially in suffering.
Being satisfied in God (or anything) always seems easier when all is going well. But when things you love are being stripped out of your hands, then the test is real. If God remains precious in those moments, then his supreme worth shines more brightly. He is most glorified.
The most meaningful testimonies I receive are when people tell me that it was a vision of the sovereignty and goodness of God that got them through the most difficult times of their life.
Here is one of those testimonies. I tremble with the glad responsibility of introducing you to Ian & Larissa Murphy in this video. Tremble, because it is their story and so personal. So delicate. So easily abused. So unfinished. Glad, because Christ is exalted over all things.
We have a big vision at Desiring God: we want to reach as many people as possible with our message of Christian Hedonism—the gladness of God in being God and in making people glad in him. We have at our disposal the amazing power of the Web. That is our main way of spreading.
But internet statistics can conceal as well as reveal. These are people. Each Website visit represents a real person with an eternal soul. What a responsibility! Pray for us that we would steward our influence well. And thank you for your partnership to make this ministry possible.
Love Ian and Larissa as you watch this amazing story. Pray for them. And us.
Your partner in the greatest cause,
with Josh Etter
I can't share the video on here because it is a Vimeo video. So, PLEASE click here to watch the video and hear them share their precious and inspirational story!
Also, it is well worth your time to read:
Part 1: Why We Got Married
Part 2: Learning Contentment in Suffering
Part 3: A Daily Disabled Life