Note: Davey Blackburn appears about 1 hour, 30 minutes into clip above
ELKHART, Ind. (Dec. 9, 2015) – He was reluctant to step forward, but he eventually opened up.
Davey Blackburn, whose wife Amanda was killed in an Indianapolis home invasion, spoke at the First Baptist Church of Elkhart on Nov. 29, where Amanda’s father serves as pastor. Standing in front of the congregation, Blackburn took the microphone and delivered a message to the congregation.
“I told Dad yesterday that I didn’t want to say anything, partially because I don’t know how well I can hold it together when I speak to people. Partially because I haven’t talked to my congregation yet or addressed them, but I suppose sometimes you have to talk to your parents before you can talk to your kids about what’s going on in your life,” he said.
“I want to share with you something the Lord spoke to my heart, just right there, and I feel like it would be disobedient not to share it,” he said, apologizing for his usual lack of eloquence.
He referenced Ezekiel 37, which talks about the prophet Ezekiel looking over an army of dry bones that came alive once again.
“The breath was breathed into the beings, and that breath is the breath of life, the holy spirit of God,” he told the congregation. “Last year, close to this time, I spoke a message here, and whether you get offended by this or not, I don’t know, it doesn’t bother me if you do, I looked across this congregation and I saw a valley of dry bones.”
He said he believed God was breathing life into the congregation through his wife.
“I believe that what God is doing now, God is now breathing life into this vast army. I believe that in some way, some shape, some form… God didn’t cause this to happen, but he allowed it to happen in such a way, he allowed the breath of Amanda to come out of her, so that the breath could be breathed into you and into me, so that we can advance the gospel.”
He said he believed God would use everyone in the congregation and implored them not to waste Amanda’s death and use it as a positive force to touch lives.