Krista Lynn Campbell

the long way home

An unfamiliar face walked toward the microphone in the center of the stage. The stranger introduced himself as the drummer in the worship band. A commercial painter who felt the call to preach. He was the drumming painter-preacher, Ryan. Preaching was in Ryan’s blood; his grandfather and father both answered the Call. Now, after wandering … the long…

spreading hope

Her voice dripped with joy and happiness. I turned up the volume to Laurie’s hopeful story. Her son, Micah, wanted nothing to do with her for 2 1/2 years. No contact or communication with her prodigal. Micah considered mom’s rules too strict so he moved in with his father. Now graduating from high school, he … spreading hope…

three little boys

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. ~ Henry Ward Beecher I hustled to keep up with my toddling 15-month grandson. We both walked unsteadily across the mulched playground. Fun times at Tot Lot, a little kid play area constructed on a former landfill. After the sliding board and swings, time for … three little…

a box of chocolates

African souvenirs displayed with new and old knick knacks. A menagerie of beauty and significance adorn my living space. An eclectic collection I call home. This hodgepodge taste moved from my walls to my writing. Wanderings and pauses gathered and woven into stories. From the North Carolina coast with Big Earl, to a Tanzanian market for … a box…

room to dream

The old farmhouse consisted of three bedrooms for our family of six. My parents in one room and my two older sisters claimed another. The third and smallest room had enough space for one bed which I shared with my younger sister. As my older sisters married and an addition was built, I moved into … room to…

The Rescue of Big Earl

As the shrimping boat’s nets tangled in its propeller, winds pushed Big Earl onto shore. Stranded on the North Carolina sands, Big Earl needed rescued. When we saw the news, my husband and I visited Big Earl. The line of cars signaled where to park. Rain added to the drama as the crowd gathered in support. … The Rescue…