Sunrise in Heaven

Sunrise in Heaven

Sunrise in Heaven: Enduring Love

Based on the novel His Sunrise My Sunset, Jan recounts her love story to an Air Force soldier named Steve Hurst.

The film Sunrise in Heaven opened with an old version of Jan and Steve, talking about what they can still do together while driving on the road and then an accident happened.  They were both sent to the hospital.

Their adult daughters Terri and Michele came to the hospital to comfort Jan, but her thoughts were elsewhere. It brought her back to the day she first met Steve.

It was in 1964 when Steve got stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, where Jan’s dad Jim, was an officer who trains recruits. Jan was among the young girls who served food at a canteen. Steve was instantly attracted to Jan the moment he laid eyes on her. To him, it was love at first sight. But Jan was quick to turn him down. Her dad already forewarned her not to date a GI.

These scenes remind us there was an era not so long ago where teenagers obey their parents no matter how strict they are. Having to follow their parent’s rules outweighs peer pressure.

There are several scenes that youngsters of today’s generation can learn from when it comes to courtship. Jan thinks her dad’s antics towards Steve is crazy.

However, she tells Steve how important it is for her that they get her dad’s blessing.

Seeing them consult their thoughts and feelings to a pastor is a good reflection to young audiences. Both of them showed openness and respect not only for each other but to the people involved in their lives.

Jim thinks Steve is soft; that is why he tested his patience. He wanted to know if his spirit is weak and if he will turn his back on Jan because he was getting in their way.

Their confrontation scene will make us understand Jim’s intention as a father and that is to save his daughter from heartbreak before it even happens.

Back at the hospital, Terri and Michele showed a contrasting outlook about their dad’s condition. His spine was already damaged, and he is only relying on a respirator as life support. Terri believes in the power of prayer. While Michele confronts the reality that for her, Steve has a bleak chance of surviving.

Despite their differences, Michele reached out to Pastor Robert so he could pray for their family. The prayer scene reminds us of how powerful prayer can be to ease a soul from desperation.

Sunrise in Heaven gives us a story that will help us understand how to accept challenges in life and anchor it by faith.

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Five Feet Apart

Five Feet Apart

Five Feet Apart: Love Beyond Measure

The heart knows no boundaries and the soul knows no time, as they say. This inspirational film presents a teenage love story that’s hindered not by the people around them but their own medical condition called Cystic Fibrosis.

The story opened with a narration about human touch as our first form of communication. Touch connects us to other people and we need that touch from the one we love almost as much as we needed air to breathe. Main characters Stella, Will and Poe were teenagers who considered the hospital as their second home. All three of them have Cystic Fibrosis, a lung disease that restricts them from having normal teenage lives. Stella’s best coping mechanism is sticking to her regimen of pills and tube tune-up. Scenes showing the funny Stella in front of her friends and in her vlog and the Stella alone in the hospital room tells us a lot about how we too, seem okay in front of an audience when the truth is being sick alone is a lonely battle.

They have to rush Will to Saint Grace Hospital to receive a new drug for CF. He noticed Stella passed by his partially opened room so he followed her to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The short introduction immediately ended upon Nurse Barb’s warning to always check their distance. The reason for this is because Will may contract Stella with B-cepacia infection that may make her ineligible for a lung transplant.

Stella then grabbed a pool cue to measure the distance between her and Will. She can roam around the hospital with Will five feet apart. In one tender moment by the pool, Stella showed Will her body with scars and so is Will. No matter the restrictions between them, they who are in-love have such moments to share and cherish. Even without touching, Will expressed his love for Stella through his drawings and Stella showed how much she cared about Will by arranging his medicine cart and coaxing him to take their regimen at the same time while on video-call.

Stella and Poe were friends since they were young. They couldn’t hug each other to express their feelings be it happy or sad. Poe ended his relationship with Michael even when he loves him despite having CF. Just when Poe planned his reconciliation with Michael and meeting his mom, his lungs gave up on him. Brokenhearted, Stella left the hospital with Will, even disregarding calls and text messages informing her about the lungs transplant.

Have your Kleenex handy for the culminating scenes. The walk towards the light showed two faces under one poignant scene. This film made us understand that regardless of being healthy or not, we could do better at getting the most from the time we have. In a world of uncertainty, there’s life and death, there’s hope and hurt, and there’s love that surpasses time.

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