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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

Back to basics - September 1, 2022

Focal verse “Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Reflection As I write this note, my daughter will begin second grade in a few days. Her backpack is stuffed with school supplies, she’s received a welcome note from the principal, her dress for the first […]

Permission to say no - August 2, 2022

Focal verse “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Reflection Turn the calendar to August and you may see numerous things to do before school starts. Our family already feels the sadness of saying goodbye to afternoons at the town pool. I’m going to miss the […]

Gratitude in bare feet - July 5, 2022

Focal verse “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5). Reflection  Summer mornings at the park are a staple of our family’s routine. Most days, the kids run ahead of me to the playground and, once they arrive, remove their shoes […]

Holy invitations - June 1, 2022

Focal verse “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34). Reflection Last fall I posted a question on Facebook and sent off a few texts to friends: “Anyone interested in gathering on the first day of school and […]

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 […]

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