Journal

Author: Karla Petty

Brother Lawrence & The Nearness of God

In this “Space for God” devotional, Karla Petty (Coracle Dir. of Program Development) guides us through a time of learning from the life and wisdom of Brother Lawrence (1614-1691). She weaves together scripture, music, and stories from Brother Lawrence to...
Learning Reconciliation from a Civil War Survivor

Learning Reconciliation from a Civil War Survivor

What causes fights and quarrels among you?  Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  You desire but do not have, so you kill.  You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. James 4:1-2 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too...
Generosity and Gratitude in Guatemala

Generosity and Gratitude in Guatemala

We’re excited to give an update that draws together several parts of Coracle’s world: Pilgrimage, Community, and Kingdom Action!  In October of 2019, we traveled to Guatemala.  Helping Christian communities intentionally and incarnationally engage the world’s wounded...
A Small Step Toward Pilgrimage

A Small Step Toward Pilgrimage

While 2020 was a year of expansion and exploration for Coracle in so many ways, most of them involved computer screens and new features on Zoom instead of hiking boots and maps and forays into foreign lands.  In the past, we have encountered Israel/Palestine, walked...
The Secret of Seeing

The Secret of Seeing

In the mid 1990’s, you may recall, “Magic Eye” optical illusion books swept the nation featuring graphics (autostereograms) that, if seen correctly, would reveal a 3D shape or picture.  Not for lack of trying, those 3D images never appeared to me.  I would sit and...
Cultivating Gratitude

Cultivating Gratitude

This week our nation will take a day or two away from its normal rhythms to focus on thankfulness.  Many of you have been able to join us for our Tuesday morning devotionals “Space for God,” and this week I took a page from Ann Voskamp’s wonderful book, “One Thousand...
Apart But All Together

Apart But All Together

I experienced the passage of time through a wide variety of tempos these last six months.  March was Allegretto – “moderately fast”.  April through June was Adagio – “slowly with great expression”.  July through August was Andante – at a walking pace.  And now we’re...
Pilgrimage in Place

Pilgrimage in Place

Many of you have probably seen this widely-circulated Coronavirus meme:  It’s funny because it’s true, almost painfully so.  Over the past few weeks, every single pilgrimage that Coracle had planned for this year has been canceled, postponed or called seriously into...
Reflecting God’s Image in Community

Reflecting God’s Image in Community

“You’re like a mirror, reflecting me Takes one to know one, So take it from me…” –from “Dust to Dust” by The Civil Wars We’re all increasingly familiar and inundated – in religious and secular contexts equally – with the vocabulary around...
New Year, New View

New Year, New View

2020 is now well under way.  Whether you made resolutions or not, the language of starting over and afresh surrounds us immediately following Christmas and well into the first months of the new year.  Come January 1, we are bombarded with messages about becoming new...
Travel with Coracle in 2020

Travel with Coracle in 2020

There are well-known slogans like “Explore More” or “Never Stop Exploring” with mass marketing appeal that reflect a well-documented trend towards exploration and travel as a modern-day virtue in American culture. More and more, people are leaving behind the comfort...
The Bridge Between Reason and Desire

The Bridge Between Reason and Desire

It was a dark room with about 16 other people in it.  Unseasonably hot outside, the air conditioning was going full blast, and I shivered under a duct as I awaited Rose Cousins, Canadian singer/songwriter, at a small venue in suburbia.  Her 2017 release Natural...
Remembering Virginia Watson

Remembering Virginia Watson

In February of 2018, we held a retreat at Corhaven in which Virginia Watson, a then-94 year old woman sat with us for a day and shared some of her wisdom, gained through a lifetime of walking closely with Jesus.  On May 24, 2019, she joined Jesus in Heaven. For the...

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