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From the desk of Bob Reichen

Posted on August 7, 2017 - 08:13

It may be what they need: Encouragement

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a Y volunteer thanking me for the encouragement I was to him when he was going through a very difficult experience. As I reflected on his note, I remembered the verse of Scripture we use in our Christian Principles Training when referring to our Christian principle of respect: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” —1 Thessalonians 5:11.

Here are some ways we can carry out that command:

The Yard of Our Mind

Posted on June 5, 2017 - 10:51

Good morning, I pray the day finds you well.

I was sitting on my front porch the other morning.

As the sun started to come up and illuminate the front yard I noticed a mole hill. I looked at this mole hill with amazement. I wondered where it came from. As I looked around I did not see any other mole hills nearby.

How did it get there?

Did the mole dig underground for a very long way just to make a mole hill in my yard?

Did it risk running over the top of the ground for a long way just to dig a hole in my yard.

How Cool Is That?

Posted on April 28, 2017 - 16:42

To say Christina Coronado is one of the sweetest souls to walk the halls of ASO is an understatement. Upon telling her that she is my first nomination for “How Cool Is That?” she squints her eyes, gives me a half smile, and softly thanks me. It isn’t until a few days later that she inquires, “Are you sure there isn’t someone else you would like to nominate as well?” I dash all her hopes and reply with a swift nope. We agree to meet for lunch so I can learn exactly what makes Christina Coronado so darn kind.

From the desk of Chaplain, Curtis Young

Posted on April 10, 2017 - 10:10

I was watching a rerun of “Everybody Loves Raymond” the other day that raised a good question; Why are we nicer to strangers than we are to the people we love, our family? I can tell you from personal experience that I am pretty forgiving and mellow with everyone but my wife. I’m okay with strangers screwing me over or taking advantage of me; I shrug and say, “That’s just people being people.” But, if Nancy buys herself a Twix at the store and doesn’t bring me anything, I’m ready to start WWIII. What’s wrong with that picture?

God Hides Nuggets of Gold, in Plain Day Surprises

Posted on February 7, 2017 - 09:14

From the Desk of Bob Reichen

This past November we had our 11th annual Christian Mission Celebration at Embassy Suites in Tigard, at Washington Square. At the close of that event I had a new attender mention they did not know that the ‘C’ in the YMCA stood for Christian and that evening really made it clear. I remember someone saying years ago, “God hides nuggets of gold in plain day surprises.” This is very true in this person’s experience regarding the YMCA!

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