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Kimberly Knowle-Zeller

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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 kimberlyknowlezeller.com.

Guided by love to serve - May 3, 2022

Focal verse  Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good (1 […]

God’s presence here and now - April 1, 2022

Focal verse “Then they said to him, ‘What must we do to perform the works of God?’ Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent’” (John 6:28-29). Reflection It wasn’t even a month after Christmas when my children began making their new lists for Santa. […]

Praying for Ukraine - March 8, 2022

In the days following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine my family continued to take part in the usual plans and activities. We ate together, played games, read books, loved one another, talked with our neighbors. The kids went to school, I wrote and answered emails, and my husband planned our congregation’s Lenten services. Yet I was […]

God’s son will rise again - March 3, 2022

Once, after a 4 a.m. wake-up with my son, I asked him why he had risen so early. He lifted his arms up, looked at me and sighed, “The sun was taking so long to come up!” I know what he means. Perhaps you do too. For many, the season of Lent can feel like […]

Invitations to come and look - March 1, 2022

Focal verse “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” (John 4:29). Reflection “Mama, come look!” I can’t count the number of times my children call me to witness whatever it is they are creating. Sometimes it’s their latest drawing, sometimes it’s their […]

A word for weary parents - January 31, 2022

Focal verse “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God” (Isaiah 41:10). Reflection It doesn’t take much for my children to melt down after school. A full day of stimulation, rules and learning makes the after-school-before-dinner time ripe for tears and foot stomping. I often tell […]

A love letter from God - January 12, 2022

Focal verse “And you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Corinthians 3:3). Reflection Turning the calendar to a new year brings to mind a flurry of […]

Seeking and sharing love this Advent - December 2, 2021

Focal verse “An angel of the Lord appeared to [Joseph] in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will […]

Feeding and being fed - November 9, 2021

Focal verse “While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body’” (Matthew 26:26).   Reflection When I worked at an ELCA congregation, one of my favorite things to do was gather the children preparing for […]

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