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In the Beginning

In the Beginning

In the beginning –

water, word, and potential

at once nothing and everything

beauty and chaos, calm and storm.


In the beginning –

God’s Word speaking

into the darkness and bringing the light

a whisper from God creating all that we know and all that is to come.


In the beginning –

God’s hope for creation

touching every piece of earth and heaven

finding every living creature and falling star.


In the beginning –

God’s love for creation

naming the smallest ants to the largest mammals

blessing humans with companions and friends.


In the beginning –

creation’s spark

reaching from the farthest heaven

finding us in our world.


In the beginning –

God’s desires for us began

never ending love, grace, and mercy

calling us into creation.


In the beginning –

our lives bound to the One who first created

joined in the act of creating

to bring beauty and goodness to this earth.


In the beginning –

all our beginnings united

stretching from here to eternity

from stardust to stardust.


In the beginning –

God whispering to us

you are mine and you are loved



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: or follow her work on Facebook:


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