2014 Blog Entries

O me! O life!

O me! O life!

Apple recently released an advertising campaign for the iPad Air that includes a beautiful array of images accompanied by the voice of Robin Williams in his role as the fictional poetry teacher John Keating in 1989’s movie Dead Poet’s Society.

“We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

Approximately six years ago I knew very little about Alaska Children’s Services, now AK Child & Family, when I was called by a fellow member of my congregation and asked if I would entertain serving on the Board of Directors. Within a few weeks I met with Jim Maley, attended some Board committee meetings, and before I knew it, I was serving on the Board of Directors as a representative of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

O me! O life!

The commitment I made to the Board was to serve a three-year term. Then, before I knew it I was called to serve another three-year term. Then, before my term ended, someone asked me if I would entertain becoming the next Chair of the Board of Directors. What? Me? Lead the Board of Directors? Couldn’t there be a more qualified or more appropriate person than I?

O me! O life!

The truth is, God has a plan for all of us and as we grow older, or as I like to think, less-younger, we begin to realize that while we may have plans for ourselves, He already knows what our plan is. He is the one we must trust to guide us through this play of life. Over the next two years as your Board Chair I will aspire to do my best to lead the Board of Directors and to serve the employees of AK Child & Family. Why the employees? They are the heart and soul of this agency. They serve the children. They serve the families. They are filled with passion and carry forth the mission of this wonderful agency every day. They are the servants that have impressed me for the last six years and the people that I am ever thankful for. “My Father will honor the one who serves me.”
John 12:26.

So, what is my verse? I’m not sure … perhaps I’ll find it and share it in a future blog. However, when thinking of the family of employees that encompass AK Child & Family, I found Proverbs 22:6 especially appropriate for their role in this play. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” And the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

So, what is your verse?