I was supposed to write about stewardship and our theme of “(w)holy living” today.

And yet today, the day after a divisive U.S. election, I am at a loss for words. At times like these, I have learned to listen for the still, small voice of God (all while hoping for a loud and clear message).

This is what I do know: For over 65 years, ECLC has been bearing witness to God’s YES for the world. And together, we will continue to do just that. We must never forget our rootedness in giving ourselves away in service to others for the sake of the Gospel. We must never forget that we are called to build bridges, not walls. We must never forget that through Christ, God brings life out of death and hope in the face of despair; that God gives us courage to speak and act, and God’s love is stronger than fear.

Today I will hold onto these God-given words: life, hope, courage and love.

Maybe this is about stewardship after all. Calling upon the gifts that God has given each of us in our daily lives and using them to bear witness to God’s YES for the world.

This is what (w)holy living is all about. Today and every day.

If you’re looking for a place to pray or light a candle TODAY, come to the sanctuary at ECLC from 5:30-6 p.m. to gather with others, or anytime this afternoon or evening until 8:30 for some quiet time on your own.

- Pastor Stephanie Coltvet Erdmann