Krista Joy Mayer2020-01-26T22:10:02-07:00
Krista Joy Mayer


“Follower of Christ”

Krista Joy Mayer was nineteen-years-old and a graduate from St. Anthony High School. She worked as a child caregiver and was a loving daughter, sister, and friend. Krista was artistic, athletic, and funny. She played high school basketball as well as sang and played bass alongside her brother in a local band, Pressing On. Besides writing songs and poetry, she enjoyed photography and painting.

Krista was planning to attend art school later that year. She had a unique way of making others feel important and special, and because of that had friends of all ages. Krista had a desire to know God deeper and to make His love known. Because Krista was compassionate, humorous, understanding, and creative, all who knew her, describe her with a smile and a joy to be around.

This bookmark was handed out at the girls funeral service at Redeeming Love Church, to serve as something to remember them in the weeks, months and years ahead. Hopefully, when looking at it, these questions will come to mind.

-What have I placed in that blank?
-What is my life being spent on? 
-Why and What am I doing?

God has a destiny for each of us. We will only fulfill that destiny as we live our lives in and for Him. If we live like that here, when our time comes – TO DIE WILL BE GAIN. It will be a natural step to walk into God’s presence and enjoy Him forever! I believe God is challenging each one of us to confront that blank today.

The following is an excerpt taken from Pastor Ken Freeman who spoke at the funeral on January 7th, 2004

All the things shared today about the girls would only be words unless they held within them the promise of hope and eternal life. When the news of the accident was received, the family came together at Joe & Debbie’s. We began to look through pictures, scrapbooks and sharing stories. One of the things found was a senior art project of Krista’s. It was an assignment to explain herself through words & pictures. There was a witness in our spirits about the truth she expressed in her school project. The first page reads as follows…

Krista’s Art Journal

Here is a book about me. I wish in words I could explain to you my true identity, but the definition of identity is, ” the condition of being one’s self.” The only way to achieve full understanding would be to be me. Maybe I can open up a little window, and let you peek inside. 

I was born and raised in the city. South Minneapolis, and I loved it! Every warm memory in my heart traces back to a little place I like to call home. 3233 22nd Ave So. Mpls, MN 55407 (my old address.) This is the place where friends and family laid the foundation that formed me into the person I am today. At the age of 2 I knelt down next to my brother and with his help, made the most important and influential decision of my life. I asked Jesus Christ to come into my heart. Although at the time I didn’t fully understand the impact of my humble little prayer, it has proven to be the most fruitful act I have ever made. 

Like all kids my age, I have my share of talents, many interests, and hopes and dreams. But before I share them with you, it is important you understand, “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Take away all material possessions, all my talents and earthly desires, and I will be the same because of the life I have in Christ! So now with that said, here’s a little about me…Krista Joy Mayer.

What does it mean, To Live for Christ?

What it mean to live for Christ? If we take Christ out of the sentence and put anything else in it’s place, it makes sense. MY ABILITIES, MY TALENTS, MY DREAMS, MY PLANS, MY MONEY… And then say… “death is gain”… the equation is off! Because all those things cease!

I challenge each one of you to confront the blank in the Scripture. Nothing else will satisfy until Christ takes the place on the bookmark of our hearts. It is then we will have a peace and a joy that this life cannot give, or death will never be able to take away. Soon – we will all come to the end of life’s journey. What we place in that blank matters for eternity. It may determine if you will ever see your loved ones again, or worse, the face of Jesus.

This is a song Krista and Debbie sang at her Baccalaureate service when she graduated from St. Anthony High School addressing that very thought.

A Pictures Worth 1,000 Words

See pictures, painting and other artwork of Krista’s from times throughout her life. 

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Gain an eternal perspective for your journey as you read Debbie’s Monthly Perspectives and Blog.
She shares from her heart insights and lessons learned along the way.


In Clear View

Krista loved to write poems and songs. It was her way of processing and sorting her many thoughts, feelings, and struggles. She had a wide range of interests and talents, along with a carefree approach