Rep. Ben Carpenter, a Nikiski Republican, speaks in opposition to overriding a veto of Senate Bill 140 during floor debate of a joint session of the Alaska State Legislature on Monday, March 18, 2024. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Rep. Ben Carpenter, a Nikiski Republican, speaks in opposition to overriding a veto of Senate Bill 140 during floor debate of a joint session of the Alaska State Legislature on Monday, March 18, 2024. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Rep. Ben Carpenter: Reflecting on the spirit of Easter

Capitol Corner: Legislators report back from Juneau

As a legislator, I am deeply passionate about serving my community, channeling my energy into work that is both challenging and rewarding. It involves early mornings and late nights, and hard work alongside a dedicated team committed to ensuring our best efforts are reflected in every piece of legislation. Each day brings conversations that delve into the intricacies of the measures we’re considering and the bills crossing the legislative floor. Engaging in this dynamic and relevant work is both fascinating and humbling, and I feel privileged to do it every day.

At this time during the budget cycle, the pace intensifies, and the gravity of the decisions ahead weighs on the soul. Leadership, a clear vision, and a readiness to make tough choices are imperative to navigate this demanding period effectively.

However, amidst the demands of governance, I am looking forward to returning home this weekend to celebrate Easter with my family. It’s a time when we reflect on the story of Easter, a narrative of ultimate victory — the triumph of life over death. This narrative instills in us the belief that renewal and transformation are always possible, even in the face of daunting challenges. Moreover, Easter serves as a poignant reminder of the gift of forgiveness.

Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we are offered the opportunity to experience true reconciliation and healing of the soul. As we gather with loved ones this holiday weekend, let us take comfort in that and share in the hope it brings.

I draw strength from the teachings of the Lord, urging us to persevere with hope and determination. This unwavering faith sustains me as a husband and father, as a leader, and as a servant to the people in my community. It reminds me of the profound importance of serving others and striving for the betterment of our communities.

As we come together with family and loved ones, let us also remember to extend our thoughts to our neighbors who may be facing challenges during this time of year. We all have the capacity to lead in our own way, and when we approach each other with a servant’s heart, we contribute to the collective wellbeing of our communities.

Amidst the Easter festivities, let us take a moment to reflect on the deeper significance of this season and the timeless truths it embodies.

I eagerly anticipate spending quality time with my family and returning to Juneau refreshed and ready to tackle the challenges that await us on Monday.

Ben Carpenter, representative for House District 8, serves as chairman of the Ways & Means and Legislative Budget & Audit Committees. Contact Rep.Ben.Carpenter@akleg.gov, 907-465-3779 or visit https://bencarpenterpost.com/.

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