Burn victim Bruce Ebbeson spoke at chapel on Friday. He began by telling students, “Never give up. Never give up. Never give up. It doesn’t matter if you are 13 or 61 like me, never give up and give it everything you can.”
That advice is reflected in Bruce’s story of recovering from an explosion that severely burnt his legs and feet last summer.
“I believe in miracles,” he said. “After the explosion, they found my glasses completely burnt up but I can still see.”
Bruce shared how he struggled during the long and very painful recovery.
“In the middle of the night when I was alone and in incredible pain, I knew people were praying for me. I could feel it. That was so encouraging. I truly believe in the power of prayer.”
After weeks of lying in the hospital, Bruce was so weak, he doubted he would ever walk again. He detailed the multiple surgeries and physical therapy that helped him return home and resume his job. His resilience challenged the audience to face adversity in a similar manner.
He reminded the students, “God never said there wouldn’t be pain in our lives. Your life can change in a second.”