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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

John Muir in Our National Parks (1901)

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So how can they call on someone they don’t have faith in? And how can they have faith in someone they haven’t heard of? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the good news.

Romans 10:14-15

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My family has gone camping in Yosemite every year since before I was born. We have our routines by now — and one of those routines, for my Uncle Vic, is getting to know everyone in the surrounding campsites. Boy Scouts, bocce ball, and Jesus — those are some of my uncle’s favorite things, and he never hesitates to share them with strangers.

The kind of evangelism that my uncle does feels way out of my comfort zone, though I’ve learned to appreciate his boldness. I still have a lot to learn from my uncle in that respect. But I have learned a lot from my family in other ways. For example, I’ve learned to feel comfortable singing “Great is Thy Faithfulness” at the top of my lungs around a campfire, simply because it felt like a great thing to do.

Evangelism can take many forms. Sometimes stepping out in faith looks like shaking the hand of a stranger. Sometimes stepping out in faith looks like sitting around a campfire, singing hymns with joyful abandon.

Heidi Thorsen Oxford

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Indescribable God, give me the words to share the good news that I’ve discovered in you with other people. Thank you for all the people in my life who have found the words to share this good news with me. Amen.

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I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus,
No turning back, no turning back

The world behind me, the cross before me,
The world behind me, the cross before me,
The world behind me, the cross before me,
No turning back, no turning back

from “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus,” author unknown

Heidi Thorsen Oxford

Heidi Thorsen Oxford is a recent graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City (MDiv, ’17) and an alumna of the Episcopal Service Corps, St. Hilda’s House. She is currently on the east coast pursuing work as a hospital chaplain, but home in her heart will always be California — especially Yosemite National Park. She lives with her husband, Will Oxford, and their two beautiful cats.

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