Shane's name opened up multiple avenues of discussion, both how the meanings of her name manifested themselves in her character, but also how they connected to broader themes in the series.
One of the meanings of her name "gift" presented a particularly poignant message about how God likes to restore things, and often in the series, Shane is the recipient of some kind of restoration. It reminds us that God likes to work in our lives in ways we don't always expect or readily see.
It's easy to get caught up in the romance of Shane, Oliver and the letters exchanged between Jonathan and Katherine. But amidst the romance there is a powerful message about the nature and purpose of prayer that compels us to remember that it should be our first thought, not our last, in all things.
An unexpected message embedded in From The Heart, the concept of guilt, atonement and the permanent nature of God's forgiveness emerged through Ryan Hallet's story, reminding us that nothing we try to do to absolve ourselves of our past transgressions can supersede what Christ's death on the Cross accomplished for all time.
A recent message, the concept of guarding one's heart is a topic close to my heart as its something I struggle with personally from time to time. After months of considering how to best present this core message of the film, the conclusion finds us relying on God to work all the troubles and heartaches of our past for a good only seen when we entrust our hearts to Him.
Keeping The Faith,