This movie came out in 2002. I saw it way back then and liked it but did not get out of it what I do now. Of course back then I was just getting into church and did not see faith the way I do now. I was not really in need of believing in miracles.
I caught it on tv Saturday and I loved it soooo much I went out and bought the dvd. I watched it 5 times this weekend. Yes really! And yes I cried every single time. I made both my kids watch it hoping they will get something out of it, even if only the consequences for your actions aspect.
I see my son in this movie with the father/son relationship in turmoil. I see the ability to be content no matter the circumstances if you choose to be. I see that God can and will perform miracles even in the most unlikely people if we don't give up on them.
A line in the movie really stuck in my brain; "Without suffering there would be no compassion."
I do not want to ruin the movie for those who have not seen it. However I will say this is such a great movie to renew your hope and faith. It made me believe in pure love again. It is now my favorite movie of all time!
Go watch it and let me know what you think!