There are some stories you never forget. Davey Blackburn’s is one of them.
In November 2015, his wife, Amanda Blackburn, was shot during a home invasion. She died the following day at the young age of 28 leaving Davey, senior pastor of Indiana’s Resonate Church, a single father to their 15-month-old son, Weston.
“Often times, there were days that I didn’t want to get out of bed… days that I didn’t want to carry on with life,” Davey revealed to us in our series “I Struggle. I Rise.”
But the presence of Weston, the most important person in Davey’s life, continues to bring meaning. Weston’s exuberance for life, inner joy and even the cackle in his laugh—which sounds just like his late mother’s—is contagious. It’s what keeps Davey pushing every day.
Out of necessity, Davey has become more nurturing and more affectionate toward Weston. It’s those little things, like helping Weston get dressed in the morning or brushing his teeth at night, that add another layer of difficulty with Amanda’s loss.
Of course, the strain of having to provide and take care of family is something both Davey and Weston feel. “We try to figure it out together,” Davey said, “and figure out what it’s like to be daddy and son with no mom.”
With elements of hope and forgiveness, see exactly how Davey navigates his life and leads by example for Weston and the world in our video above.