Heaven’s Door tells us the story of a girl named Riley. She had the chance to see a portal to heaven and receive a gift of healing. Riley was having a casual chat with her grandpa about lessons in life and being a responsible adult. Then her grandpa suddenly felt chest pain, then he fell and died. These scenes show a special bond formed between a granddaughter and her grandpa. For this reason, Riley’s mom Julie thinks it will be difficult for her to accept her grandfather’s death.
Julie herself is going through personal issues including a pending divorce with her husband, Leo. In a confrontation scene with Riley, she explains that love is different from marriage. They may have separated, but both parents love her very much. Julie manages a full-time job to support her two kids, and that she either needs her mother or a babysitter to look after her children while she’s not at home. We also see that her boss is taking advantage of her situation so he can get close to her.
These are real-life struggles of a single mom. Adding on to her problems was her youngest child Morgan having asthma. Although Leo promised to support them financially, Julie thinks it better to shoulder Morgan’s expenses and care because she was still hurting over a child they have lost previously. The emotional pain of a mother who lost a child was the reason for her to lose faith in their marriage.
The turning point in the story was when Riley almost fell from a massive tree as she was trying to reach her ball. Instead of a free fall, a light caught her up and released her upon nearing the ground with the ball right beside her. That’s when she started to believe about angels guiding her. She discovered her gift of healing when she touched the neighbor’s cat after its owner ran over it in his driveway. Children then came to bring their pets so Riley can feel each one. She becomes weak as a consequence as she absorbs the sickness of those she touched. Later on, she says that her healing was supposedly intended for a blind neighbor.
The words of Julie’s mom were pivotal in the story. It was she who serves as a bridge between Julie and Leo, and Julie and Riley. She makes them understand what is essential to make their relationships work. And believes in another dimension in the afterlife, in heaven and the angels. She says it feels better to think there’s more afterlife so it doesn’t hurt as much. Upon learning about Riley’s healing touch to animals, she also said that there shouldn’t be a charge for imparting a spiritual gift.
The film is full of meaningful insights about living life responsibly. By having faith, we too may find in ourselves Heaven’s Door to bless our family and others.
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