The sermon Richard Douglass preaches in the movie (played by his son, Brooks Douglass) is almost verbatim from the sermon Richard preached the day before he died. Forgiveness and God’s grace were cornerstones in Richard’s ministry. The references to rain were added to the sermon to reinforce the title inspired by Matthew 5: 44-45:
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you,
that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.
He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good,
and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
And William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice:
The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
Why a butterfly?
The butterfly is a symbol for love and loss throughout the movie. The pictures on the right wing represent loving memories, the left wing pictures are after the crime, and the center piece is the moment it all changed. The image also reflects the - "butterfly effect" - a scientific term coined by mathematician Edward Lorenz describing the effect when one small change can set off a chain of events that result in a significantly different outcome.
How can a butterfly fly with a broken wing?
It can't - unless it's mended. Most people who have lost someone or experienced tragedy can relate to feeling broken. We hope the Heaven's Rain Discussion and Reflection Guide: A Journey Toward Peace and Purpose can begin to help with the mending process.
Our sincere thanks to director Paul Brown for initiating the butterfly graphic idea, our good friend Micah Maraia for carefully constructing the butterfly image, and graphic designer Mani Mazer with Disc Works, our hard-working and joy-to-work-with DVD replication and printing company (www.DiscWorks.com)