The Amanda Blackburn funeral was filled with rock songs that praised Jesus as 2,000 honored the pastor’s slain wife. The funeral for the 28-year-old pregnant mother, who was shot and killed during an Indianapolis home invasion, took place at the Traders Point Christian Church auditorium.
Amanda Blackburn photos were displayed on video screens at the funeral, showing the young mother loving life and embracing her husband, Pastor Davey Blackburn, and their infant son, Weston.
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The coffin of the pastor’s slain wife was placed just below the church stage and was surrounded by a multitude of wreaths and photos, MSN reports.
“Some people have funerals, and then some people have celebrations. And in the 28 years that she was with us, Amanda gave us a lot to celebrate, would you agree?” NewSpring Church Pastor Perry Noble said during the eulogy, USA Today notes.
A total of four churches came together to organize the Amanda Blackburn funeral service, including the Resonate Church, where the grieving husband is the pastor, and the NewSpring Church, where the couple attended in South Carolina before moving to Indiana to launch their own house of worship.
Music played intermittently throughout the memorial service by members of the Resonate Church’s worship team. A video of members of the Resonate Church congregation and family members sharing stories of remembrance was also played at the funeral.
“Amanda was a gift from Day One. I’m not just exaggerating because I’m emotional right now and I’m sad. That girl didn’t give me five minutes worth of trouble in her life,” Amanda Blackburn’s mother, Robin Byars of Bristol, Indiana, said in the memorial video.
Pastor Noble met Pastor Davey Blackburn when he was a college student. The NewSpring Church pastor told humorous anecdotes about the couple.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Amanda Blackburn was 12 weeks pregnant when an unidentified black man entered her home with a gun and shot her in the head. Blackburn was found by her husband when he returned home from a workout at the gym around 8:30 a.m. last Tuesday. She was taken off life support and her organs donated last Thursday.
“I remember thinking about Davey, ‘Something’s not right with that boy,'” Pastor Noble said and the funeral attendees laughed.
When recalling the first time he met Amanda after the couple had gotten engaged, explained, “They walked in, and I said that thing that hasn’t been quite right with Davey just got made right when she walked in. She truly was the person that completed him and made him a better man.”
Pastor Noble also told the funeral attendees that he had received a text from the pastor’s wife the morning she was shot and killed.
“For me, in the world that I live in, I thought, maybe she’s climbed up on the kitchen cabinet trying to get something and she fell and hit her head,” Noble said.
After he learning what had actually happened, he added, “I thought, ‘No, God, not her.’ ”
A table and chairs, which Amanda had recently restored, adorned the stage. Pastor Noble said that, over time, she was able to take something into her hands and turn it into something that was both beautiful and usable. He then uttered a metaphor telling how God can take a bad situation and turn it into something good.
Watch Amanda Blackburn’s funeral & celebrate her life live at 5pm today https://t.co/0giik8BDjN. Retweet please!! pic.twitter.com/UC1k1x3UQM
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“One day, we’ll sit down at a table and we will celebrate what is breaking our hearts right now,” the pastor concluded.
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