"God took something from me, but in return, He give me so many blessings that I can't even count" This words of encouragement spoken by Raissa Laurel, a bomb blast victim during the 2010 Bar Exam in Taft Avenue, Manila. She is a 23-year-old sophomore Law student from San Sebastian College. She is a faithful member of Victory Christian Fellowship. President of LEO (Leadership Experience Opportunity) Club,
On that fateful day of Sept. 26, Raissa was joining the festivities in the traditional Salubong celebrations when the bomb exploded right where she was standing. There and then, she thought that she might never be able to walk again. Raissa has wholeheartedly accepted her condition and is moving on with her life at quite an incredible pace. Unlike other people who could fall apart with such loss of limbs, Raissa remarkably accepted her fate quickly, perhaps faster than she herself could ever imagine. She attributes this strength of character and spirit to her unwavering faith in God whom she believes has a greater purpose for her.
Raissa's amazing courage have inspired so many filipinos, the strength and the determination to fight the trials that she's undergoing. If this happens to other people it's hard to recover faster they would not be able to recover right away. Most likely, they would pass through the denial and anger stages first. But Raissa incredibly recovered faster than expected and it didn’t take long before she accepted it.
She was also overwhelmed by the support accorded to her by different people even those she's not known about. But that is God’s way. It’s a blessing. God took something from me but in return, He gave me so many blessings that I can’t even count....