I Am Gabriel: A Messenger of Hope
Life’s challenges bring us to a test of faith. With hope gone, we would instead find refuge elsewhere than look into a silver lining where we are. This film brings a message of hope for those overwhelmed by problems.
The story began with the couple Ellen and Joe losing a child at birth. They were heartbroken. In a small town of Promise, people believed this incident started a curse of drought to their lands resulting in poor business conditions, unemployment, and foreclosure of homes. They have become hopeless that some even considered leaving town to have a job. These forms of suffrage aren’t a far-fetched reality, and thus, the question of why do bad things happen to good people emerge.
Out of nowhere, a boy named Gabe arrives in Promise with just the clothes on his back and a rolled prayer mat in tow. He was on the road when Joe, driving with his wife Ellen, almost hit him. With no home or parents to go to, the couple took him in. They reported the matter to Sheriff Brody, then he searched online for a missing boy across neighboring towns but unable to find a lead as to where Gabe could come from. Meanwhile, Gabe took action on his divine mission, rousing faith in each person he talks to. He reinforces the power of prayer so that God will listen. The boy made it clear that relationship to God means talking to Him that many people often forget.
As the story unfolds, each character showed how they were dealing with their own struggles. Doc has been silent about his terminal illness, the pastor’s daughter was taking pills to cast aside her hurt, Sheriff scrambles to save everyone’s issues while unable to come to terms about his wife’s death and his friend turns to alcohol due to depression that he lost his job. These people lack encouragement for one another as much as each of them lacks self-encouragement. Gabe’s mission was to remind them how connected they are to each other and to God who will not forsake them amidst their troubles.
There are several tender moments in this film. One is when Gabe sits beside Wesley, a young man with Down’s syndrome. Amazingly, he knew who Gabe really is. He sat on a bench outside the church expecting the boy to make it rain. True enough, the rain came to drench everyone with fresh hope.
The glimmer of hope turns to skepticism when Doc dies. Gabe’s presence was again deliberated among townsfolk. The sheriff pushed the matter further that led to Gabe finally revealing his identity for everyone to see and believe.
As it was written in Scriptures, Blessed are those who do not see and yet believed. We suffer not only due to lack of faith but lack of hope in believing that there’s a better tomorrow to look forward to. And this inspiring film illustrated the meaning of hope and the miracles it brings to those who believe.
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