Sunset Hope

From the living room we look out to the town park and the setting sun. This time of the year as I’m cooking dinner and the kids are watching a TV show, I’ll walk between the dining room and kitchen and shout to whoever will listen: “Look at that sunset!”

Some days I grab my phone and stand on the front porch and other days when the TV is not on we all go to the porch and watch the colors transform before our eyes. The reds, yellows, pinks, and oranges turn the sky almost fire-like. Bare tree branches stand at attention before this beautiful show, and as a family we stand in awe. These winter sunrises streaming through our living room window call us to stop and look out, and marvel at what beauty there is to notice right in front of us.

These sunsets are one of the things that are currently saving my life. 

It’s cold, but the warmth of friends is near. 
It’s dark, but the light of community shines bright. 
The nights are long, but God’s mercies are new every day.

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is a mother, writer, and pastor living in Central Missouri with her family. She’s the coauthor of The Beauty of Motherhood: Grace-Filled Devotions for the Early Years (March 2023). You can read more at her website: If you’d like to read more from Kim, you can sign up for her monthly newsletter, Walk and Talk here. As a gift to her readers and subscribers who sign up, she has a free downloadable resource: Walk and Talk with God: Reflection, Scripture references, and a how-to for your own contemplative walk.
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