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I Keep Wondering

I Keep Wondering

I keep wondering

how did we get here? 


I keep lamenting

we shouldn’t be here – 

sheltered in our homes

afraid to touch friends and family

sleep deprived

missing school, friends, graduations

cancelling plans

afraid to make new plans

grieving loved ones from afar

uncertain when we’ll reemerge

and who we will be

worried we won’t have changed at all. 


I keep wondering

how did we get here?

I keep lamenting

we shouldn’t be here – 

but then I see something

growing where it shouldn’t

catching my eyes 

a piece of bark

and a brilliant flower. 

I keep believing

we will grow

in surprising places

in surprising ways. 


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. You can read more at her website, follow her work on Facebook, or sign up for her monthly newsletter



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