To Know Him

More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ — the righteousness from God based on faith. – Philippians 3:8-9 HCSB

“Coronation is only a week away, Alexandria.” Queen Helena tugged on her daughter’s hand. “Please, don’t throw your title—your life away.”

Alexandria Helena of Aragon pulled her hand from her mother’s grasp. “Title is nothing. He is what I want.”

“Nothing?” Helena stood and braced herself with a hand on a column embellishing the stone balcony. “You, my daughter, could sit as queen. You would have my place. My fame and prestige. You would continue our legacy in the Great Empire. This is all nothing to you?”

Alexandria stood parallel to the queen, passion animating her voice. “Love, mother. Do you not know the power of love? My birthright, all of the power that is endowed with our position, they are nothing compared to him. I consider it all nonsense when I compare it to knowing him. Every day, in every circumstance, I want to know him.”

With scrunched brows, Helena stared at her daughter. “Why?”

The hard determination on Alexandria’s face smoothed, softened. Her focused drifted to the distance and her eyes began to dance. “Because with him, there is life.” Her smile bloomed full. “With the brush of his hand, my heart lifted from slumber. I didn’t even know I was asleep. This life I live here—it is empty. With him I am full.”

“Love is wonderful.” Helena used an index finger to bring her daughter’s eyes back to her own. “But let us weigh the balance. Think reasonably.” She held her hands out, palms up, as if they were scales. “Would it really be worth it, Alex? Consider all you must give up.”

“Everything.” Alexandria clasped both of her mother’s hands and brought them together. “I surrender all of it, Mother. To know him.”

About Jen

My name is Jen. I dream of ranching, writing and a clean kitchen. I know... the kitchen thing is pretty far-fetched. Welcome to my delightful chaos.
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