Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Every now and then, or maybe more than that, a song will inspire a story within.

Eric Church’s LIGHTNING, is one of them.

I was actually on the way to my writing mentor’s house when this song came on. And though I’ve heard it many times, its words penetrated deep, and a sudden story idea came rushing over me. I pulled out my spiral notebook and pen and quickly jotted it down before it left me.

Prison Ministry is my passion, my calling in life, so this song has intense meaning to me. You see, I visited the very room where they lethally inject inmates. I can’t begin to tell you all the feeling that washed over me as I entered the room, and the whirlwind of thoughts that filled my head.

People so often only see the criminal, and the victim and their family…they rarely think of the silent, hidden, unspoken victims. The family member of the criminal. Yes, they too are victims. Victims of embarrassment, hurts, and losses. After all, what had they done wrong?

I’m an aspiring writer and thus far have written contemporary romance but I know without a doubt that God will use me to write about my calling in life…the Prison Ministry, whether in fictional or non-fictional form.

And I see this song inspiring one of them.


Linda Glaz said...

Awesome ministry. So many lives are changed...

Kym McNabney said...

It is. Thanks Linda.



kathy taylor said...


Thank you for introducing me to this wonderful song. Have you ever heard a song once and somehow realized it's going to be important to you? It really drives home the importance of forgiveness.

Kym McNabney said...


Glad you liked the song. Eric Church has some amazing lyrics. Music is a huge part of my life, so yes, many songs have great meaning to me.



Swineberg said...

Wow, I'm jealous that you have a writing mentor. I wish I had one of those...

Kym McNabney said...


Yes, I'm truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to have someone mentor me. I pray the same will come your way.