Healthy Living

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!

Optimism

Posted on June 17, 2016 - 12:01

By Curtis Young, Chaplain, YMCA Camp Collins

I’ve always been an optimist; you know, the glass is half full and all of that? But I’m discovering a need to temper my optimism in order to grow. I think that I have been, as my wife affectionately says, “stupidly optimistic” for too long and it has caused me problems. I tend to hang with people or ideas longer than I should because I’m positive that, if I just hang in there, good things are going to happen. But they rarely, if ever have happen.

A Multifaceted Perfection

Posted on June 1, 2016 - 09:53

By Bob Reichen, Vice President, Mission Advancement and Chaplain

I had a great appointment with one of our Y volunteers this past month and in the course of our conversation we discussed the value of the Bible in our lives. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, writer and theologian of the 20th century said, “When you read the Bible, think that here and now God is speaking.”

Reflection & Anticipation

Posted on February 1, 2016 - 11:58

By Bob Reichen, Vice President, Mission Advancement and Chaplain

A couple of weeks ago I was meeting with a family who has one of their children in our after school program. The father was reflecting on how blessed his family was over this past year. They were relatively free from sickness, his work has been steady and the service the Y is providing has been great.

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