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Kimberly Knowle-Zeller


Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, Mo. Her website is

The power of presence - June 30, 2020

Focal verse “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:12-13). Reflection Beneath the blue sky, a friend and I met for a walk on a nature trail with our collective five kids, […]

Love across the generations - June 11, 2020

Focal verse And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). Reflection The church bells rang, signaling the beginning of worship. Members processed into the sanctuary after we sang the opening hymn outdoors. Ahead of me my then 3-year-old daughter walked hand in hand with an octogenarian. For […]

Blessings through life’s seasons - May 21, 2020

With his small hand reaching out to be held and his blue eyes looking up, he asks, “I go with, Mama?” I’m standing at our front door, bag in hand, ready to leave. I can see his concern as his lip quivers and a tear forms. My 2-year-old, Isaac, doesn’t hesitate to try and join […]

What our children witness - May 12, 2020

Focal verse “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). Reflection  Once a month (pre-pandemic), the church we attend serves communion at the altar rather than at stations. Members come forward and stand side by side in front of the communion table to receive […]

What is God doing? - April 16, 2020

Focal verse I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:18-19). Reflection The story I’m about […]

This is our story - April 8, 2020

Tucked between choir robes and Christmas pageant clothes, I sit with my knees pressed to my torso, breathing quietly. I’m playing one of my favorite youth group games—sardines. Sardines is like hide-and-seek, only backward. One person hides and everyone else must find that individual. Floors creak and muffled laughter rings out as I wait to […]

God’s love is with us — amid great challenges - March 20, 2020

Editor’s note: Welcome to a special edition of our new web column “Faith & family: Growing together,” which complements our “Faith & family” department. Focal verse Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7). Reflection At the end of January, my brother living in South Korea began texting me about his […]

Prayers rise like incense - March 9, 2020

I call upon you, O Lord; come quickly to me; give ear to my voice when I call to you. Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice (Psalm 141:1-2). I never understood incense. In the Lutheran churches where I grew up, it […]

Lost and found - March 3, 2020

Editor’s note: Welcome to our new web column, “Faith & family: Growing together,” which complements our “Faith & family” department. Join Kimberly Knowle-Zeller each month as she explores different stages of faithful parenting. Focal verse “In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard […]

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