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Pilgrim Pines '12 and a Church Planter's Psalm

This week, our family spent six days camping at Pilgrim Pines in Swanzey, NH, the campgrounds for the East Coast Conference of the ECC. The kids, Osheta, and I had a fantastic time. We grilled, we rode bikes, we roasted marshmallows, we lounged on the beach, we ate smores, we swam in the lake, we played basketball, we made tie dyed t-shirts, we ate ice cream, and we made friends with a great family: the Martins. Our children became fast friends with the Martin's children, and we found that we enjoyed their company just as much as our children did their children's. Stephen and Charisa were so warm and hospitable it made us never want to leave.

All week, pastor Lyle Mook taught the adults about the Psalms and his teaching was excellent. I especially enjoyed his take on suffering and the Psalms. He challenged us to write our own psalm. So I wrote one from the perspective of a church planter. 

A Church Planter's Psalm

My Father, my Family
You have rescued me from going down to the pit
You have formed me like clay
Fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers you've given me
They stand like islands in a sea of clouds
Rising like mountain peaks in the distance
You have set before me a new city
Shining like the sun through a rainbow
But this journey you've called me on is treacherous
This path I now walk is filled with sharp stones
I am swept up in your movement
I am led along by your Spirit
But I am not worthy to reap where I have not sown
What if I fail?
What if I am not equal to the task?
Your calling weighs heavy on me, but you said your yoke was easy
When my days are dark, when all I see is pain
You are my delight, and you delight in me
Success is dwelling in your presence
I will remember your works and words
You have promised to go with me
You alone make things grow
And you have planted me in family

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Unplugged: Our 2011 Camping & Storyland Trip

This past weekend, the Moore family got away from it all at Crawford Notch Campground in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We spent 3 nights in our spacious tent and grilled amazing-tasting food. We went hiking along the Saco river, Tyson and Trinity went tubing down it, and we saw a snake at one point. Then later, on our last night camping, the site adjacent to ours had a visit from a baby Black Bear that we all witnessed. Everyone had a great time, and no one got poison ivy (thank God!)

I have to say that one of the most enjoyable aspects of the time we spent in the woods was the complete disconnection from my 360° digital life. Out there in those woods, there was no wifi, no email—not even wireless mobile signal. It felt like a cleansing. For someone like me, who maintains near endless connection to the internet, it is vital that I unplug from time to time.

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We are now a week into our epic road trip vacation. This summer Osheta and I decided to visit both our families (Texas and Illinois) as well as friends in New Orleans ...and Disney World---all in one trip. Ambitious, we know. But so far, it has been a blast.

Being the geek that I am, I am chronicling the entire adventure via video, photos, and the web. I have created a dedicated website/blog for the vacation where I post photos, video and descriptions. I am also uploading photos to Facebook.

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Theological Graffiti is a blog written by T. C. Moore @tc_moore ...a Jesus-disciple, husband, father, Associate Pastor @NewCityChurch of Los Angeles, sometimes web designer, writer, and theology geek. For more about me, visit my Personal Website or my Online Profile. Otherwise, enjoy the graffiti.

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