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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

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 […]

Joy in gratitude - November 27, 2019

With half-eaten bowls of oatmeal on the table, my children jump off their chairs and run to the living room. “Music on?” my son asks, smiling. With arms lifted in the air, both children yell, “Music! Dancing!” I nod my head and soon hear the click of the stereo system and the familiar beat of […]

God will always rally for us - September 26, 2019

It goes by many names: Rally Sunday, Kickoff Sunday, Celebration Sunday, Beginning of Sunday School Sunday and a host of others. Whatever you call it, come September there’s a day in congregations when members anticipate renewed enthusiasm for ministries, increased attendance and a new beginning. It marks the end of summer vacations and the start […]

Lutherans build bridges in America - August 15, 2019

I’d spent most of my time with Southern Baptists and Pentecostals by the time I was ready to visit Appalachia and central Pennsylvania, bound for the fabled green hills that became ground zero for the 2016 presidential election. Particularly in Pennsylvania—a battleground, traditionally blue state—politics had gotten dicey. Articles had been written ad nauseam about […]

Three spiritual lessons from journaling - July 30, 2019

My home is filled with journals. You’ll find them tucked into a drawer in my writing desk, lined on office shelves and stored in plastic boxes. Their pages recount my adventures living overseas and walking the Camino de Santiago. They offer glimpses into my days and contain memories I want to preserve. Journaling—writing and preserving […]

Look toward the light - July 4, 2019

“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).  I grew up loving fireworks. I loved the bright red, green and purple illuminating the night sky; the anticipation I felt as I waited for darkness to descend; that first robust […]

What changing pews taught us about church - April 11, 2019

As a mom of two little ones, I’ve discovered that every season of parenting brings a different need for the best place to sit in worship. In the early days, with my first child, I needed room for the car seat and sleeping baby, then access to the rocking chairs in back for nursing. Then […]

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