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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

Joyful offerings - August 31, 2021

Focal verse Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God (Hebrews 13:16). Reflection Every year our area churches host a back-to-school clothing drive. Donations pour in from the community for us to sort and organize. This year our whole family helped ready the clothes […]

Seeing with God’s eyes - August 19, 2021

Focal verse “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Reflection On summer evenings as the sun settles below the horizon, I often garden. Weeds need to be pulled. The heat necessitates water […]

Gathering around the word - July 14, 2021

Focal verse “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Reflection As our children grow and become exposed to more people, places and experiences, the words they hear will multiply. For instance, when my daughter entered kindergarten, she came home daily with an assortment […]

Jumping into God’s grace - July 7, 2021

At the beginning of last summer, my kids took a week’s worth of swim lessons. On the first day I watched them stand behind the other children on the pool steps. One child couldn’t stop jumping in and another kept going underwater. My kids, Charlotte and Isaac, kept their eyes trained on them all, barely putting their […]

Look toward the light - July 2, 2021

Editor’s note: This article originally ran on July 3, 2020.  “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 […]

Holy greetings - June 15, 2021

Focal verse  “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Corinthians 13:13). Reflection The kids and I try to get outside on most days. We love to walk around the park, pass by our town’s shops, and ride scooters […]

Learning liturgy - May 13, 2021

Focal verse “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Reflection From the kitchen, where I’m cleaning up the breakfast dishes, I hear the sliding of tiles and blocks. I peek my head […]

Easter’s surprise - April 13, 2021

Focal verse “But I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more” (Psalm 71:14). Reflection Our children currently love the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems. My son refers to them as “the funny books.” In a day we can read the same book too many times to count. Each time […]

Singing our faith - March 30, 2021

Focal verse “O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth” (Psalm 96:1). Reflection Last year, like many children across the country, my daughter finished preschool virtually. Every day at 10 a.m., we’d gather in front of my computer for story and song time with her teacher. I witnessed […]

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