Letters From Earthcamp

Dear Daddy,

 

This tent you gave me to use here at Earthcamp is causing me a little trouble. There are parts of it that are actually hurting me! It’s hard to learn how to use it, and even harder to make it do what I want it to do. Sometimes I can hardly sleep at night because it is so uncomfortable.

 

My Camp Counselors are trying to teach me how to get it working properly, but it’s so tiring. I’m not sure I’ll ever be completely comfortable in it. Can I have a replacement?

 

Love,

 

Your Child

 

 

 

Dear Child of Mine,

 

I am sorry your tent is giving you so much trouble. You will find that it will do that periodically, all through your stay at Earthcamp. Hopefully, as time goes on, you will become more comfortable in it. Sadly, many people never grow to appreciate the tents I give them, and even completely destroy them by neglecting them or treating them too roughly.

 

The best way to keep it from malfunctioning is to learn how to keep it in good repair, and be diligent to practice those things that keep it running smoothly. I am sorry that I cannot send you a different tent, although I will say that when you come back home we will have no more use for your Earthcamp tent anymore. Won’t that be wonderful? I’m fixing up your beautiful room even now, though your stay at camp is a long way from finished. I am always thinking of you and longing for the day when we will see each other again!

 

Love always,

 

Daddy

 

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Letters From Earthcamp

Dear Daddy,

 

Just when I was settling in here and thinking maybe it wouldn’t be so bad, I heard something that really scared me. I didn’t want to believe it. I thought for sure my counselors were playing a joke on me.

 

They told me that there is a lion running loose around Earthcamp, and he wants to eat me up! Me, who just got here! Did you know?? I just can’t believe you sent me to such a dangerous place!

 

My counselors told me that this lion is my enemy. How can I have an enemy? What did I ever do to him?

 

Surely you didn’t know. Surely, if this is true, you’ll send for me right away!

 

Love,

your child

 

 

Dear child of Mine,

 

Your counselors are absolutely right. I know it must come as a shock to you, but you do indeed have a very real enemy. I will be completely honest and tell you that he hates you, and even wants to kill you.

 

And why? Because he hates me. He knows that he can’t destroy me, and so he tries to destroy those that I love. And I do love you so very much. 

 

I have not left you defenseless. I have given you armor, and weapons to use against this enemy. But you must learn to use these things. Your counselors and bunkmates will help you, so listen to them.

 

The most powerful weapon you have against him is my word in your mouth. There is nothing he hates more than to hear it sung out, the louder the better! The louder you sing, the farther he runs. And other campers can gain courage from hearing your song.

 

There is something that your enemy forgets often, but you never should: I am a lion also, and I am coming to kick his mangy hide. He makes a lot of noise but his teeth are no match for mine. Your Daddy has strength you have not seen yet…but you will.

 

Remember that I did not send you to Earthcamp for a vacation. I sent you to make a difference. I sent you to have an adventure! You feel weak and useless right now, but you are stronger than you know…trust me.

 

Love,

Daddy 

More letters here

Letters from Earthcamp

Dear Daddy,


 I can’t believe I’ve been here over three months already. It seems like just a few days ago that I first arrived! I have to admit that Earthcamp is not so bad. It isn’t that I don’t miss you anymore, but it’s a lot more fun here than I thought at first! For one thing, did you know that if I just smile at my camp counsellors, or my bunkmates, they’ll do anything for me? Smiles must be really rare here, because everybody sure acts like they’re special. The camp cook keeps telling me I’m the best eater she’s ever had because I love her meals so much. My other camp counselor just gives the best hugs. I like to snuggle up with him when I’m feeling lonely for you.


There’s something that I’ve been wondering about, though. The other day I heard everybody talking about a little girl whose time at Earthcamp was over. The thing is, it seemed like everybody was really sad about it. Like they didn’t want her to go home to you. Why would they act like that? I thought they would be excited that she didn’t have to sleep in a tent and have to deal with all the bugs and work so hard, and be apart from you anymore!


I’m just starting to like being here, Daddy…but I know it will never compare to being with you. So why is everyone acting like it’s better to stay at Earthcamp?


Love,
your child


Dear child of mine,


Did you know that I love your smiles too? I can definitely understand why they make everyone so happy…that’s what they’re for! Unfortunately, smiles are pretty rare at Earthcamp, and it seems they are becoming more so every day. Remember that I made Earthcamp for you, and if you keep your eyes open you will find many surprises that I have hidden there, just especially to make you smile. Maybe you can help others see those things when they seem to have forgotten how.


You are very right to wonder why everyone is so sad about someone leaving Earthcamp to come home. I know it seems strange, but even those who know that I am waiting here at home will be sad when someone leaves to come to me. They are sad because they will miss them, because it isn’t their turn to come home too, and because it seems like such a long time before they will see them again. Also, remember your journey to Earthcamp? Remember how scary it was, and how you weren’t sure you would be all right? Well, the trip you make when you leave Earthcamp is a lot like that too. Sometimes it’s painful, and sometimes it takes a long time. Most people are afraid to make it because it seems so very hard. Even those who know me can wonder if I will really be there at the end of it, waiting for them. But I am here, my beloved child. I am here, and that will never change. I long for the day when you–when all my children–will be here too. What a party we will have!


I love you, never forget that,

Daddy


(more letters from Earthcamp here and here)

Letters From Earthcamp

Dear Daddy,

          Well, I’ve been here a week and I’m feeling a little better. Two of the camp counselors are especially nice to me—the camp cook is my favorite. I really like the food here; she says you gave her the recipe. I’m not so cold anymore and I’m getting used to the noise, but there is so much that I still have to learn! I just don’t think I’ll ever get it all. My bunkmates seem to like me, although they’ve all been here a lot longer and stuff doesn’t seem to worry them like it does me . I’ll try to be brave and make friends like you told me. I miss you so much.

Love,
your child

Dear Child of Mine,

          I’m so glad that Earthcamp has gotten a little easier for you. I am proud of you for being so brave! I knew you’d like the food; it’s usually the best part of camp, at least at first. Your camp counselors and bunkmates love you so much; I picked them out especially for you, and they were so excited when I told them you would be coming. They will definitely do their best to help you out, so you should talk to them whenever you feel sad or lonely or confused. They are not perfect and they will let you down at times, but that’s only so you don’t depend on them more than upon me. You must remember that I am always thinking of you and that I have special things for you to do while you’re at Earthcamp; never doubt how important you are! Your letters bring a smile to my face, dear one, so don’t stop writing.

Love,
Daddy

Letters From Earthcamp

 

Dear Daddy,

                Earthcamp has not been very much fun so far. The trip was really long and not very comfortable. I was scared once or twice that I wouldn’t even make it here at all! I’m not sure that I like my bunkmates or the camp counselors. Everybody is really loud, and it’s cold! I know you said to give it some time and I’d get used to it—maybe even like it—but I really miss you. I want to come home. Are you sure I have to stay?

 

Love,
your child

 

 

Dear Child of Mine,

                I know it’s hard. It always is, and not only at first.  All throughout your stay, at times, you will wonder why I insisted that you go.  Just remember that I love you more than you will ever know. I also love hearing from you, so please talk to me often. I’ll tell you everything you need to know about Earthcamp, so whenever you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask.

 

Love,
Daddy

2 Corinthians 5:4