Lenten Daily Devotionals

During the season of Lent - the 40 days leading to Easter – we invite you to receive daily devotionals throughout each week as part of your Lenten practice of prayer and study. These devotionals will be thoughtful reflections on the topic of healing - spiritual, physical, emotional, creation, reconciliation, and more. Each of the stories included in this series have been shared by someone in our community and are meant to encourage your own personal reflection and observation.

To receive these Lenten Devotionals via email, please sign up using this online form. The devotionals will arrive once a day. 

We hope these moments of thoughtful reflection and story sharing will be meaningful and thought provoking during this season.

Lenten Blessings,
Rev. Micah James & Adult Education Committee

  • September 7, Part I - Terry Earnheart

    September 7, 2007 around 6:00am there was no wind, the temperature mild, and the stars sparkling.  I decided to leave the top up on my Miata because it was such a hassle putting it up in the dark parking lot.  I didn’t care to drive the car on the turnpike so I took Memorial Road to Mercy Hospital for my weekly volunteer shift. When I reached the intersection of Santa Fe and Memorial, I performed my usual ritual. My good friend, Dorothy Barnes was killed there 10 years ago.   Read More...

  • Be Sweet, Part II - Judy Berry

    My mother - sometimes, she would attend school assembles and parties, and if I were ever recognized in any way before this “giant” high school audience, you would have thought I’d won an academy award.  And did I mention I grew up in a Christian home?  Almost every time the doors opened, we were there – choir practices, Christian Youth Fellowship, Chi Rho, youth dinners, parties, planning for summer camp with good church friends, etc.   All the time I spent at home during my ...  Read More...

  • ​Be Sweet, Part I - Judy Berry

    I confess this should be showing up in May, for Mothers’ Day - not in March.  So in honor of my mom, just consider this an early greeting.  My “testimony” began as my life’s story began to unfold. I can remember when I was three years old (I know you don’t believe that) when I first realized what a protector my mother was.  We lived in Houston in a very small home with a screened in front porch.  Our little neighbor, Frieda, also probably around three, had come over to play.&...  Read More...

  • Healing Power of Faith - Anonymous

    Like most families, some of our lives’ events and happenings called for healing: Hepatitis with a hospital stay for 30 days.  Church praying and nurses praying. OKC Bombing and counseling sessions to handle the crisis. Church praying.   Read More...

  • Beautiful March Evening - Randle Lee

    It was a beautiful March evening, the biggest fundraiser in the community of El Reno, and I had asked someone to join me to have some fun.  I waited on the front steps of the venue, waited for that person to meet me as she had said she would.  After waiting well after the starting time of the event, I realized maybe it was good she didn’t show and now there was no pressure to “entertain” someone and I could fully enjoy the evening. The Redlands Community College Annual Scholarship Gala...  Read More...

  • Knowing You Are Right, Part II – Rev. Mark Taylor

    These conversations of questioning and challenging assumptions were hard – I had to learn to get out of my own way, put aside my own defenses, and be open to discussion and new understandings. Proverbs 27:17 is the famous verse about iron sharpening iron. I often use that verse to talk about the importance of having positive friendships.   Read More...

  • Knowing You Are Right, Part I – Rev. Mark Taylor

    I thought I had it all figured out. It really is a comforting feeling to “know” you are right, isn’t it? It provides an easy out for those times when someone presents a different perspective that challenges assumptions – if it disagrees with what I “know” is right, then it must be wrong.   Read More...

  • Healing - Scott Kinnaird

    In 2013 the General Assembly (GA) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) approved a resolution calling on the church to affirm the faith, baptism, and spiritual gifts of everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and that neither are grounds for exclusion from fellowship or service within the church. You can Google “GA-1327” to find and read the resolution in full. At the time I knew nothing about the structure of our general church or the resolution process.   Read More...

  • Give God the Glory – Karen Baldridge

    2011 - I lay in my hospital bed unable to move a muscle from multiple injuries, the worst being a left leg amputation. Across the room, placed on a shelf by my son-in-law, a plaque reading Isaiah 40:31,“Those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary.” I tried to focus on those words through constant sedation.   Read More...

  • Devotional by Kathy Kerr

    Devotional by Kathy Kerr I was in my mid-twenties when my daddy died and I grieved deeply for him. For a while after his passing, I would begin to cry unexpectedly. For a long time I would start to call him; I was reduced to tears over things that would have made him laugh.   Read More...

  • Lenten Devotional By Marcy Williams

    In early 1980’s we began regularly attending First Christian Church when our oldest son joined the Scout troop. We joined the Sunday school class taught by Bill and Helen Chitwood and began to talk about transferring our membership from the First Methodist Church to First Christian. One Saturday in February I woke with a backache.   Read More...

  • Lori Fuller - Part II

    It was spring of 2013 when my sister called sharing my Mom’s diagnosis. I dreaded facing our mother, whom I had little relationship with for over 30 years. But my children were in college, they didn’t need me as much, and I was free to help my sister with Mom’s care.   Read More...

  • Lori Fuller - Part I

    In early 2013, I received news my mother had been diagnosed with fourth stage lung cancer. My younger sister, with whom Mom lived, had given me a call to let me know. No one was surprised.   Read More...

  • #fccfamily - Jennifer Humphrey

    I starting coming to First Christian Edmond right after I had my second kiddo (who’s now 11). I really wasn’t sure what I was doing “in church” since I had never attended on any regular basis, not even as a child. I was here because I just couldn’t say “no” to my mother-in-law, who wanted me to “try it out.” I didn’t feel like I was missing anything by not attending church – I actually felt like I was missing out on sleeping in, relaxing, and chilling on a Sunday morning.   Read More...

  • Finding my Future - Robbi Kinnaird

    As a young single mother in the mid 80s, life was a challenge. The routine was the same: get up, get ready, get my daughter ready, take her to daycare, meet my carpool ride at her apartment, travel to Oklahoma City, work in the basement of Penn Square Bank, travel back to Edmond, gather my daughter from daycare, go home, fix dinner, try to have quality time together, go to bed exhausted, wake up and do it all over again. While there was an element of comfort in the routine, there was an emptines...  Read More...

  • May Never Know - Rev. Dr. John Regan

    In my early life, I had caught almost everything contagious but never had anything seriously wrong to land me in the emergency room or the hospital.  So in my first fifteen years of ministry, my hospital visits were not really grounded or informed by personal experience. Sure, I had my tonsils out in kindergarten, but it wasn’t until my late thirties that I was truly hospitalized for the first time. On a Friday night I started running a fever.  By Saturday morning I was taken to the Em...  Read More...

  • On the Hunt - Rev. Micah James

    I recently went on a quest looking for my baptismal certificate. Prompted by a conversation with a friend and my own ministry to the newly baptized, I wanted to see if I could recover the date on which I was baptized. I was young at the time; nine by my calculations, so calendars and schedules weren’t important yet.   Read More...

  • My Story of Healing - Scott Peters

    I love this church. I love this place we call First Christian Church of Edmond.  Last spring I was faced with health issues that threatened my life.  Yes, this is a story of healing, but it’s also a story of love expressed by many.  As I prepared to write this story, I dug out the stack of cards I received leading up to and after my open-heart surgery.  I saved each and every one of them.  As I read through the countless cards, tears filled my eyes.  Please know the...  Read More...

  • Something Missing (Part 2) - Michele Schlough

    When Chuck and I returned to the States, we got so caught up in raising our two young children we did not go to church. We began having problems in our marriage. We didn't agree on some important issues about raising kids and what we expected from each other and the marriage.   Read More...

  • Something Missing (Part 1) - Michele Schlough

    As a young child living in Montana, I remember my parents allowing me to go to Sunday school on the Air Force provided bus that came through our base housing area. I had wanted to go for a long time, but my father didn't believe in God, told my mother that we didn't need formal religious education; and we would decide for ourselves what to believe when we were old enough. I wanted to know more about God, Jesus and the Bible.   Read More...

  • New Life, An Incredible Journey - Bill & Ann Cather

    Girls Fast Pitch Softball has been a part of our lives for about 15 years. Our granddaughter began with T-ball and is ending her last semester playing Division I, NCAA. Many instances stick out in our minds as exceptional: exceptional plays, exceptional coaches, exceptional girls, exceptional venues, and exceptional human-interest stories to name a few.  However, it was Saturday before the first Sunday of Lent, 2016 that touched our hearts and will long be remembered.   Read More...

  • Listening Enough - Rev. Dr. Jerry Black

    It is simple, but profound. Developing the capacity to listen transforms. It started with an astute observation from my Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor.   Read More...

  • Part Two - Guillain-Barré – Not an Irish Beer by Glenn Sulley

    This can’t be happening to me. After days of weakness, numbness, and fatigue, I was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. I lay despondent in my hospital bed, wondering just what my future held.   Read More...

  • Part One: Guillain-Barré – Not an Irish Beer by Glenn Sulley

    In a former life, I used to sing Irish songs in pubs back home in Newfoundland. Having tipped a mug of the Irish on more than one occasion, I know a little something about Irish beer and trust me; Guillain-Barré is not one of them. I awoke early on the morning of Thursday, September 28, 2004.   Read More...

  • God in a Box by Heather Portillo

    "The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble.’” Psalm 91:14-15 has always been a go-to verse for me.  It has been a great source of encouragement and has strengthened my faith when I faced any time of difficulty.  That is, until March of 2012 when I was diagnosed with a kidney stone.   Read More...

  • Homesick (Part 2) by Bev Schmoyer

    Well, now you are thinking what a great ending. But - no -- this does not end here. How I wish it did.   Read More...

  • Healing by Karla Kay Huff Rowley

    When I think of healing I see a continuum of interventions.  I see the pat on the head of a small child as you help them up from falling; I see the hug for a friend who has lost a family member; I see the sitting in silence when there is nothing more to say—but to be present is enough. Many years ago I was a part of a group of ‘pray-ers’.   Read More...

  • Healing by an FCC Elder (Anonymous)

    In 1973 I was looking forward to summer as it would be the first one in 3 years that we were not moving.  We had 4 children and I was planning to have a fun and relaxing summer with them.  In retrospect it turned out to be one of the most difficult summers that I had ever experienced. Our next to the oldest daughter who was 9 developed pneumonia and when she finished the medication to treat it we went back to the pediatrician for a repeat chest X-ray to be sure that her lung was c...  Read More...

  • Go Forth by Charles C. Weddle, Jr., Ph.D., M.D.

    As a physician, I have had the opportunity to witness a great deal of physical suffering and healing. Physical illnesses and diseases range from a simple cold to life threatening cancers. In addition, I have been involved in caring for countless people in the operating room who have undergone the simplest to the most complex surgical procedures.   Read More...

  • Homesick (Part 1) by Bev Schmoyer

    58 years have passed – But I still remember it well. It is like a piece of my heart and with every beat I can feel it. I dreaded this class.   Read More...

  • Verla by Teresa Earnheart

    The first time I met Verla was at her wedding. My cousin, Eddie, who taught at UCLA brought her to Arkansas to marry at his parent’s home. Immediately I became her best friend and she confided all of her fears and hopes for the future to me.   Read More...

  • Lent - Invitation to Prayer and Reflection

    On this Ash Wednesday, we are invited to begin with prayer and worship. Use Psalm 51 as a guide for your Lenten practice: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.   Read More...

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