Time for New Ventures

Time for New Ventures

For the last 5 + years I’ve been writing weekly for The Episcopal Cafe. Every Tuesday my words, prayers, and reflections have been shared. Writing a devotion for the readers of Speaking to the Soul has allowed me to reflect on God’s work in my life and in the world. Writing prayers and blessings have enabled me to see the holiness in the ordinary moments of my day. 

I began writing for The Episcopal Cafe when a friend from seminary invited me to write. His invitation turned into years of my showing up to the page and God to wrestle words, faith, and doubts; to bring meaning to my days and life. For my first Speaking to the Soul on January 10, 2017. I began with the following words:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen. Amen.

 

This seems as good a place as any to begin.

To pause.

To give thanks.

To give glory to God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

To remember that everything is bound to God. 

 

And now over five years later, these words feel fitting as I take a break from writing this weekly column. My writing and my faith has deepened through the discipline of weekly writing, and thanks to you readers, I’ve been affirmed in my calling to write. For the next few months I’m taking time off from this column to focus on other projects. I’ll keep sending my monthly newsletter where readers will receive a reflection from me, a few of my favorite things from online, and any upcoming news about my work. You can sign up here

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen. Amen.

This past Sunday our church celebrated Holy Humor (Risus Paschalis) where we delighted in laughter and continued our shouts of alleluias for the joy of the resurrection. Only, the morning began with a town power outage and found us gathering in the dark without the use of screens, fans, or the keyboard. Yet, we worshiped. The people gathered in joy. The community shouted alleluia. Those who gathered for worship may have been sad, some dealing with a recent diagnosis, some feeling pain and loneliness. However, the church came together as it does every week to give honor and glory to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The church, as the body of Christ, was one in its devotion to God and to others. The church bathed in Christ’s light.  

In the days and months ahead this is the image I want to hold close, and one I share with you: God’s people bound together not by anything we have done but by who we are as God’s beloved children. We are loved and basking in the light of the risen Christ, now and forever more. Amen. 

(Editor’s Note: A special thank you to Kim for your dedication and lovely, expressive contributions to STTS. We look forward to hearing from you soon.)

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is a mother, wrier, and pastor living in Central Missouri with her family. You can read more at her website: Kimberlyknowlezeller.com. 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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