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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

Easter’s surprise - March 30, 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 […]

Journey through Lent - February 17, 2021

I’m no stranger to taking on or giving up something for Lent. One year I attempted to write a letter every day. Another year I stopped listening to music and podcasts during walks. Last year I began writing a poem a day during Lent, but I made it only four days. There is one practice […]

Building our capacity to love - February 2, 2021

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. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35). Reflection At age 3, my daughter started speech therapy. She is […]

Share the light - January 19, 2021

Focal verse “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” —Matthew 2:2 Reflection December, with its shorter days, offered me a number of opportunities to get outside at night with my children and look up at […]

Attuned to God’s call - December 21, 2020

Ina Goetzinger loves to knit. A maker of shawls for parishioners who are ill or hospitalized, she says a prayer for healing with every stitch. But her pastor, Edwin Weber, said Goetzinger didn’t see her knitting as a calling until their congregation, St. Mark Lutheran in Spokane, Wash., implemented its Communities of Calling Initiative programming. […]

Light of the world - December 16, 2020

A few years ago, we received an early Christmas gift—a musical snowman with a carrot nose and a trumpet snug in his hands. It’s a decorative piece that connects to our Christmas tree. With a flip of a switch, the trumpet rises to play a fanfare of music and our tree lights dance to the […]

A nativity story - December 3, 2020

Focal verse To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is the Messiah, the Lord (Luke 2:11). Reflection Tucked in a closet with all our Christmas decorations, there’s a small box with the words “Little People” written on it. It’s the first box my daughter reaches for when we’re […]

Gratitude and joy - November 24, 2020

Focal verse Praise the Lord! O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. —Psalm 106:1 Reflection I heard the stomping of feet across the wooden floors, then my kids shouting, “Superheroes!” I stood at the sink, dish scrubber in hand, while they ran in circles with their […]

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