ELKHART, Ind.- It’s been one year since Amanda Blackburn’s death and those close to the 28-year-old came together to celebrate her life.
A concert was held at the First Baptist Church in Elkhart, where Amanda’s father is the pastor.
The 28-year-old, pregnant mother was brutally murdered in a home invasion a year ago. Amanda’s husband, Davey, a local pastor was the one who found her. Back in 2012, the couple came to Indianapolis with the dream of starting a church. They created Resonate Church.
The congregation is using music to remember Amanda. Friday night, the Resonate Church band recorded an album in front of hundreds of worshipers.
For eight months, band members had been trying to figure out their feelings. Emotions moved them to music.
The songs tell the story of the emotional past year. The album starts with songs of heartache and desperation and ends with songs about hope and joy.
“I think just listening to the words on the album it does hit home pretty much on every season we walk through just the ups and downs,” said Andrea Arnold, a Resonate Church member.
A lot of the songs come straight from Davey Blackburn’s heart.
“This worship is our best weapon against worry and anxiety,” said Blackburn.
Church members want to re-purpose the day Amanda died and use the day to focus on the hope ahead.
“Just because we start in a moment of grief doesn’t mean we have to end there,” said Zach Woolever, a Resonate Church member.
There will still be those difficult times and when it’s too tough to talk about it, now people can just listen.
“I think she would love to be here and that’s the bittersweet part of it, wishing she could be here because I know she would love it and knowing she’s in a far better place,” said Megan Griffith, a Resonate Church member.
The album will be available on iTunes in the spring. The proceeds will go to Resonate Church to continue to spread the message that meant so much to Amanda.
Amanda’s suspected killers are awaiting trial.