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The Ministry of Little Children

The Ministry of Little Children

With the final Amen 

she watches her children 

race down the aisle 

arms wide open, 

smiles across their faces, 

their bodies wrapped 

in an embrace

they go back 

for more hugs 

and laughter.


She listens 

to their questions, 

“Where’s Mr. Dennis?”
“Can we see Shirley?”

She listens to their prayers

just a beat behind 

the congregation

she sees them dance

and sway to the organ 

she watches it all

marvels at their love

and shared joy

how she sees God at work.


Perhaps this, too, 

is the way God reveals grace

like bread and wine

sacred stories shared

forgiveness given and received

hands sharing peace

and now this: 

the ministry of little children. 


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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