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Bethany Cok

Yosemite National Park

Hey everyone! I’m Bethany, and I just finished my junior year at Calvin College studying writing and Spanish. My hometown is Rochester, New York, so I’m incredibly excited to be spending this summer across the country in California. I have a tendency towards being snarky and a well-developed ability to find humor in unusual situations, as well as a love for smoothies, the outdoors, and classical music. I’m trying to learn what it means to love people well and deeply in the middle of these crazy college years. I don’t have set plans for the future, but God is showing me, day by day, the depths of His love, faithfulness, and grace.


In which a bear interrupts my angsty soul-searching

August 19, 2015 | Bethany Cok    

A couple weeks ago, I opened up my email inbox and found, along with the usual mishmash of Pinterest and Expedia emails, a message from Dave Degler of ACMNP.
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A place of rest

July 12, 2015 | Bethany Cok    

When I envisioned life in Yosemite before I arrived, I imagined myself as a wise, hermit-like character, surrounded by rugged wilderness, unfazed by difficulties around me, deep in communion with God and nature.
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Glimpses of Grace

June 26, 2015 | Bethany Cok    

Reflections on where I've seen God at work during my first month in Yosemite.
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Between uncertainty and peace there’s holy ground

June 5, 2015 | Bethany Cok    

Two weeks ago, I was casually driving along the highway from Grand Rapids to Detroit at 4 AM. By which I actually I was arguing with myself out loud, while maneuvering around trucks, singing along with the radio, and wishing I had stopped earlier to buy myself an iced caramel macchiato.
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"It was especially neat to begin developing an eye for analogies and concrete images in creation, tying observations in with our relationship with God and seeing that there are, in effect, ...parables' all around us of God's care and the gospel."
– Jonathan, Calvin Theological Seminary 2011

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