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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

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 […]

Called - February 19, 2019

In the Lutheran church we talk a lot about callings. Martin Luther preached that everyone is called into the priesthood of believers, bearing witness to Jesus in all we say and do. Luther himself felt called both in preaching and as a parent. For us, too, the work we do in our homes, offices, churches, […]

Uplifting Christmas gifts - December 25, 2018

Earlier this year, Living Lutheran invited readers and writers to submit personal stories of gifts that illuminated the true meaning of Christmas for them. From a kind note to beloved people to a dozen potatoes, the responses surprised, delighted and moved us. Select submissions are included here; read additional stories in part two of this […]

Love comes down - December 20, 2018

And the cows said, “Moo!” The sheep said, “Baa!” The chickens said, “Cluck!” My daughter, Charlotte, could have chimed in with the cows shouting, “Moo!” But that’s where her animal sounds end. As she stood on the pew watching the Christmas Eve pageant with the children telling the story of Jesus’ birth, I thought: “She […]

Summer not-to-do list for Lutheran parents - July 5, 2018

I want to experience the goodness that summer has to offer, but I don’t want to experience my toddler’s meltdowns or feel guilty about tasks left undone. Whether in the shape of lazy days by the pool, late nights by the campfire, catching fireflies, drinking lemonade or swinging at the park, summer days are meant […]

Holy transitions - May 30, 2018

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope (Jeremiah 29:11).  Cheers and tears often accompany transitions in our lives.   While potty training our daughter, our days were filled with plenty of cheering, delight and tears. […]

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