Krista Joy Mayer2019-05-22T16:37:51-07:00
Krista Joy Mayer


“Follower of Christ”

Krista Joy was nineteen-years-old and a graduate from St. Anthony High School. She had been working 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 and was planning to attend art school later that year. Krista had a unique way of making others feel important and special, and because of that had friends of all ages. She had a desire to know God deeper and to make His love known. Reflecting on her compassion, humor, understanding, and creativity, all who knew Krista describe her with a smile, as a joy to be around.

These bookmarks were handed out at the girls funeral service not only as something to remember them by, but to have something to look at in weeks, months and years to look at and be reminded of the questions…

“What have I placed in that blank? What is my life being spent on? What am I doing? And why am I doing it?”


God has a destiny for each of us, and we will fulfill that destiny as we live our lives in and for Him. When life is lived like that here – when our time comes… TO DIE WILL BE GAIN. It will be a natural step to walk into the presence of God 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 when Pastor Ken Freeman spoke at the funeral on January 7th…

All the things shared today about the girls would only be words unless they held within them the promise of hope & eternal life. When the news of the accident was received all the family came together at Joe & Debbie’s and 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 was able to express in her school project. The first page reads as follows… 

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. and not alone,” so I guess the only way to achieve full understanding would be to be me. But maybe I can open up a little window, and let you peek inside. 

I was born in the city. I grew up in South Mpls, 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) 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…

What does that scripture mean? What does it mean to live for Christ? If we take Christ out of that scripture & put anything else in there it won’t make sense. MY ABILITIES, MY TALENTS, MY DREAMS, MY PLANS, MY MONEY… And then say… “death is gain”… it doesn’t make sense. The equation is off! Because all those things cease!

I challenge each one of you to confront the blank in the Scripture because nothing else will satisfy until Christ takes the place on the bookmark of our hearts. It is then we will have a peace and joy that the things of life 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 I 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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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