in your weariness and wonder
doubt and belief
sadness and joy
song and dance
prayers and silence
come and know these stories are yours.
Come, pull up a chair and rest
bring your tired bodies
and let Jesus hold your hand
here his words:
Take and eat
Come and drink
and receive his offer:
Let me wash your feet
Let Jesus care for you and feed you
let his love fill you
and send you forth
into your communities to do the same
to love your neighbor as you have first been loved.
Come, sit at the foot of the cross
weary and watchful
broken open for the sake of the world
knowing tears are holy
and your body can release it’s worries.
Come and wait
sit in the small moments of stillness
of deep breaths
of holy pauses
forever keeping your eyes on the Lord.
Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is a writer, pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and mother of two. She is the author of The Beauty of Motherhood: Grace-Filled Devotions for the Early Years out now. She writes on the intersection of faith and parenting, searching for holiness in the ordinary. Her widely acclaimed stories on faith and motherhood have appeared in The Christian Century, Living Lutheran, Coffee + Crumbs, and more. She lives in Cole Camp, Missouri. Connect with her at kimberlyknowlezeller.com, on Instagram @kknowlezeller, or her monthly newsletter.