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The Heartache of Amanda Blackburn's Sister, 'I Talked to Her Yesterday in Heaven'

The Heartache of Amanda Blackburn's Sister, 'I Talked to Her Yesterday in Heaven'

An apparent photo of Amber Byars Wilkinson holding the hand of her sister Amanda Blackburn on a hospital bed. Amanda was the wife of Resonate Church pastor Davey Blackburn in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was fatally shot in the head on November 10, 2015 during what police theorize was a home invasion. | (Photo: Facebook/Amber Byars Wilkinson)

Perhaps you will cry after reading this heartbreaking note from Amber Byars Wilkinson, the sister of pregnant pastor's wife, Amanda Blackburn, who died after being shot in the head inside her Indiana home last Tuesday.

In a haunting Facebook post just two days after her sister was pronounced dead at a local hospital in Indianapolis, Amber Byars Wilkinson, Amanda's older sister, shared two moving memories about her hero sibling.

The first memory was about the birth of her nephew, Amanda's son, Weston, on July 28, 2014.

"For two hours, Davey and I held her hand and cheered for her with each push. She never gave up. Each push was just as strong if not stronger than the one before. She not only amazed Davey and I, but the entire staff of nurses and doctors taking care of her. She gave one last final push as she brought the most incredible life into this world. Weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces, Weston James was here!" wrote Wilkinson.

"I sat there completely in awe of what I just watched my sister endure. Through the tears and pain, she conquered. She fought with every ounce of her being. She knew it wouldn't be easy, but that it would be worth it all. I never respected her more than I did watching her in that moment. And oh the joy on her face when she held her precious baby in her arms. This day was one of the most AMAZING and incredible days of not only her life, but mine as well," she added.

Amber Byars Wilkinson (L) and her younger sister, Amanda Blackburn (R) in happier times. | (Photo: Facebook/Amber Byars Wilkinson)

And it was the strength displayed by her younger sister in that memory, along with a miracle, that Wilkinson prayed would help Amanda pull through after she got news that she was hurt last Tuesday.

"A million thoughts flooded my mind and I couldn't help but think back to the last time I was driving to the hospital to meet Davey and Amanda. My heart and mind couldn't process anything. I was in complete shock, yet filled with total hope that God was going to perform a miracle today," wrote Wilkinson.

She said when she finally got to the hospital and saw her sister, the only thing she could focus on was her "sweet face."

"I squeezed her hand to make sure she knew I was there, and I held onto that hand in complete and total desperation for the next two days. Davey and I, along with hundreds of others, sat by her bed and cheered her on with each breath of the ventilator. We wept and laughed and sobbed and giggled about memories of Amanda that flooded our mind. She was a fighter. She was going to make it," said Amanda's doting sister.
Amanda died and Amber was torn.

"Her life meant more to me than words will ever be able to express. I talked to her yesterday in Heaven. Through the tears and sobs, I could hear her sweet voice saying 'Aaaaaaamber! My sister! Please don't cry. It's going to be OK. I know you're sad, but I'm in the presence of my Savior,'" she wrote.

Amanda and her husband, Davey Blackburn, moved from South Carolina in 2012 to start Resonate Church. On Nov. 10 while Davey was at the gym, police theorize that the beloved pastor's wife was shot in the head during a home invasion. She succumbed to her injuries the following day along with her 13-week-old unborn daughter, Everette "Evie" Grace Blackburn.

Police announced at a news conference last Friday that the suspect is black and is between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-9 inches tall. It is believed the suspect might have seen Davey leave home about 6:10 a.m. last Tuesday to go to a gym. The suspect had apparently burglarized a house two doors away, according to police. A gun that was found near the couple's home is also being investigated by local police.

Pastor Davey Blackburn of Resonate Church, Indiana (L) his departed wife Amanda (R) and their son Weston (C). | (Photo: Resonate Church)

Read AMBER's complete note about the day her sister got shot below:

November 10, 2015: I was sleeping at my grandparent's house when I got the phone call. Amanda was found unconscious in her home and now in critical condition at the hospital. It was 9:26 am and I threw on clothes and jumped in the car. I drove so fast to make sure I was there.

A million thoughts flooded my mind and I couldn't help but think back to the last time I was driving to the hospital to meet Davey and Amanda. My heart and mind couldn't process anything. I was in complete shock, yet filled with total hope that God was going to perform a miracle today. We walked into her room. She looked so beautiful lying there. She had tubes everywhere and a bandage around her head, and yet that sweet face was the only thing we could see.

I squeezed her hand to make sure she knew I was there, and I held onto that hand in complete and total desperation for the next two days. Davey and I, along with hundreds of others, sat by her bed and cheered her on with each breath of the ventilator. We wept and laughed and sobbed and giggled about memories of Amanda that flooded our mind. She was a fighter. She was going to make it. She had endured one of the most scary and helpless moments of her life, in her own home, and I know Amanda pushed and fought with everything inside of her.

She was stronger than she had ever been. She rose up in that moment and protected the precious gift she brought into this world only a year before. And I sat by her bed in complete and total awe of what my sweet sister endured. Through the distress and fear, she conquered. She knew it wouldn't be easy but that it would be worth it all. And oh the joy on her face on November 11 at 7:55 am when she was able to walk into the arms of Jesus, holding her precious little Evie Grace in her arms. This was the MOST AMAZING day of her life.

I have always looked up to my baby sister. I always thought it was ironic that my younger sister would be the person I respected most. I loved her more than she would ever be able to understand. She helped me through this life in every way. She encouraged me, challenged me, held me in my most difficult times, prayed for me, laughed with me, endured every phase of life with me. She never stopped loving me. Her life meant more to me than words will ever be able to express.

I talked to her yesterday in Heaven. Through the tears and sobs, I could hear her sweet voice saying "Aaaaaaamber! My sister! Please don't cry. It's going to be OK. I know you're sad, but I'm in the presence of my Savior. The one place in this entire world I feel most safe. Most loved. Most fulfilled. Most perfected. My Jesus is here with me and Evie. He's squeezing our hands. He loves me Amber more than anyone else on the earth combined. I know it's hard, but I'm in the very place I've always desired to be. I'm home. My true home."

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
 Look full in His wonderful face
 And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
 In the light of his glory and grace
 I love you ‪#‎amandagrace‬. More than you will ever know.

July 28, 2014 : I was sleeping at my grandparent's house when I got the phone call. Amanda's water broke! It was 2:45...

Posted by Amber Byars Wilkinson on Friday, November 13, 2015



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