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From the Winter 2013 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

From Russia with Blessing

by Steve and Allison King
C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows

 
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Captivating Love

  One of the first English words our younger son learned was up. One night shortly after our sons came to our home, when they were playing music in the basement, we spontaneously picked them up, started swinging them around, dancing. A big hit; they kept playing the same tracks of music over and over, pleading with us “up, up.” This would go on until we were ready to drop; but seeing our children’s unrestrained, fully in-the-moment faces motivated us to keep going—especially the face of our older son who had arrived with so many fears and hesitations; in those moments all fears were drowned out. The totally unself-conscious display of pleasure placed these moments among the best memories of our early relationship.
  Perspective-giving moments like those have been important to us, countering others that remind us of our foolishness and failures as spouses and parents. As the feel-good tonic of professional accomplishment grows more illusory, we have grown more open to being captivated in special moments of God-sent delight. At a deeper level we understand and feel the enduring, unchanging love of the one who took the very nature of a servant, humbling Himself and becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross, so that we may be citizens of heaven who look forward to the day when our lowly bodies will be like His glorious body; when we will fully experience the inheritance that will never perish, spoil, or fade. Beholding, setting our hope fully on that loving grace is the greatest stimulus to deepen our knowledge and love.
  God has dealt with us gently and tenderly. Unlike many, our journey thus far has not been plagued by severe or compounded trials. No serious health or financial tests to this point. God gave us sons who have been generally happy and relatively easy to parent. We’ve been blessed with supportive family, church community, and friends. Even though our circumstances have not been extraordinary, and have been mundanely pleasant of late, we want to stay alert to the nudges to put aside our self-focus and delve into the depths of His lavish love. To be captivated in being fully known, fully loved.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. (Phil. 1:8–10)



Notes
1. Scripture quotations are from the New International Version.


Steve King has served as an attorney at Gammon and Grange PC since 1995.  He enjoyed participating in the C.S. Lewis Fellows program from 2003-2005.  Allison is a full-time mom of their two sons.  Before that she worked for The World Bank in human resources and for Mobil Chemical Company in business development.  She was a C.S. Lewis Fellow from 2005-2007 and her group continues to meet regularly.  Steve, Allison, Costya, and Sergei reside in Vienna, VA and are active members of Cherrydale Baptist Church.

 
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