Let There Be Light (2017) Script

♪ Wake up wake up wake up wake up ♪

♪ It's time to see the light ♪

♪ Get up get up get up get up ♪

♪ If you believe it then you'll walk in faith ♪

♪ Don't close your eyes stay up ♪

♪ Open up your mind wake up ♪

♪ See the signs raise up ♪

♪ Praise up to the sky ♪

♪ Grand mama always told me that ♪

♪ You need to bend a knee to Jesus' name she said ♪

♪ There's power in the name ♪

♪ In the name of Jesus ♪

♪ Promise He will always be the only One we'll ever need ♪

♪ The source of our security ♪

♪ Heal a broken heart ♪ ♪ Heal a broken heart ♪

♪ The only thing He asks of us ♪

♪ Is walk by faith and seek his love ♪

♪ No matter what or when a problem comes ♪

♪ Remember who our ♪

♪ When I think of home ♪

♪ I think of a place a place where I be safe ♪

♪ Somewhere where I could never feel alone ♪

♪ Somewhere that I can run to and escape ♪

♪ And exercise my faith ♪

♪ My Grand mama always told me that ♪

♪ You need to bend a knee to Jesus' name she said ♪

♪ There's power in the name ♪

♪ In the name of Jesus ♪

If I were to look at these two theories, those of creation and Darwinism, for the first time, I, as a rational being would say it takes a greater leap of faith by far to accept the notion that inanimate particles, whose origin is unexplained, somehow becomes living entities, which through a random process produce Miley Cyrus.

Now then, the basic tenant of Christianity is--

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!

Coach's timeout.

I think I might be afforded the common courtesy of completing my argument.

Dr. Harkens, the rules of this debate have already been agreed upon by both you and Dr. Fornier.

Ah, yes, and I believe the rules also included the topic of the debate, which is not quote, "the basic tenant of Christianity," close quote.

But quote, "The existence of God, colon, "harmless belief, comma, blessing, comma, or curse, "question mark," close quote.

You're not up here speaking for Christians which covers a pretty broad spectrum of yahoos.

You are here, my dear Dr. Fornier, speaking for the Father, the great bearded watchmaker in the sky, The Big G, The Rock of Ages, the Man Himself, come on, give it all up for God Almighty!

You want to debate that fairytale you call Christianity?

I'll boogie with you on that one all night long.

But I came here not just for a little theological chit chat but to sell books, namely my new tome, Aborting God.

So, why don't we just stick to the topic, what do you say, Doc?

You speak for the Spirit in the Sky and I'm gonna cheer lead for sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll!

I have to take issues with that, Dr. Harkens.

Kinda figured you would.

Because it is only as a Christian that I can approach God the Father.

Well, then those are your limitations, sir.

None of my own.

See, I can approach atheism from any direction; a court jester, a philosopher, a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn, or a king, to quote that other great religious leader, the late lamented Francis Albert the First.

Let me ask you something.

Is the God you believe in any different than the God of ISIS?

Because they certainly don't think so.

They're no less sincere in their beliefs than you are in yours.

I mean, I think you're both smokin' the same dope, the only difference is yours is in a joint, theirs is in a hookah.

Look what ISIS does, not in the name of atheism.

No, no, but in the name of Allah.

Do you honestly believe we need more of that?

Christianity offers forgiveness, not damnation as a tenant? Does it indeed?

Absolutely.

John 3:16, "For God so loved the world

"that He gave his only begotten son, "that whosoever believeth in Him

"should not perish, but have everlasting life."

That is a God of love and compassion, that I know, that I love, that I serve!

Well, here's where we leave the realm of theory and we get personal, pal.

'Cause I had a beautiful, perfect, glorious son,

whom I guarantee you I loved every bit as much as your supposed deity of his begotten son.

But my begotten son got a rather nasty form of cancer, which I watched eat away at his helpless, tiny body, and ultimately killed him before reaching his ninth birthday.

Now, if I was a praying man, I would get down on my knees and I would pray to see my son just one last time.

But then that would mean praying to the very God who killed him.

So, rather than being vindictive, I just chalk my son's death up to bad luck, or you know, maybe a quirk of genetics.

It's a bad roll of the cosmic dice.

And with the help of some fairly effective chemicals and a healthy dollop of vodka, I can somehow make it through the night without blowing my brains out.

Because I accept that's just the luck of the draw, but don't you dare tell me about the love and the compassion of your so-called God.

Because if He felt like sacrificing his only begotten son, well, that's his business, but he should've bloody-well kept his hands off of mine!

Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait!

Let me tell you something else, pal.

Nobody, and I mean nobody ever committed genocide in the name of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll.

All they ever did was party!

And if you can't see that humanity's better off with that, then the myths that you peddle, which have caused nothing but misery for thousands of years, well then, pardon the pun, but God have mercy on your soul.

Oh, you want to know what my religious credo is?

Party on, Wayne!

In the face of death, party on Garth!

Instead of war, come on!

Party on!

Instead of damnation?

Party on!

Instead of judgment day, I will take a snow day and I will?

Party on!

Party on!

Party on-- Okay, okay, here me out.

One more thing.

Don't look for any meaning in life, because there isn't any.

There's no purpose, there's no rhyme nor reason.

You don't need God to be moral, you don't need a deity to know that it's not cool to cut somebody's head off or burn them alive or sell their children into slavery, especially not in the name of that supposed deity.

All you need, all you need, all you need, all you need, all you need, all you need, all you need is your humanity!


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♪ I've been livin in a world of sin ♪

♪ Nothin' to give only to gain ♪

♪ And at times I find myself ♪

♪ Not paying attention to someone's pain ♪

♪ Like I broke up with yesterday ♪

♪ Tomorrow's all I have ♪

♪ I must be chasin' something in the city lights ♪

♪ Movin' so damn fast ♪

♪ And it's a crazy thing ♪

♪ When I go away ♪

♪ And come back to the simple life ♪

♪ Really got me thinkin how I love country pride ♪

Hey, oh, you came to the door, I feel so honored.

Hi, Katy, are the boys ready?

Boys?

Oh, and I can't keep the them all day.

I've got a book launch party tonight.

Another God bashing party.

How nice for you.

Um, I heard about the debate last night.

You caused quite a sensation.

Ahhh, it's not much, but it pays the alimony.

So...

What's the use, never mind.

No, no, you wanna say something, go ahead.

I don't need your permission to speak, Sol.

Do we really need to do this?

Why don't I just get the boys and be on my way?

You know, I do want to talk to you about the kind of support you're giving our children.

So, that's what this is about?

You want to get the court to increase the payments?

Well, you know what?

Your lawyer knows where to find mine.

I'm not talking about financial support, Sol.

Ah, well, what a novelty.

Thank heaven for small blessings.

What do you think it does to the boys to know that their father is saying that their brother's life had no meaning?

That there's no hope that he's in heaven?

I don't believe in that fairytale.

But they do!

Not my fault.

I'm not the one who brainwashed them.

Sol!

How can you take something as intensely private as the death of their brother and use it as part of your carnival act?

Whoa, whoa, whoa this carnival act, it pays the bills around here.

Well who pays the emotional bills?

What?

You don't think there's a day or a night or an hour that goes by that I don't think about our son?

My guess is that every time you do, you get so high, there's not an actual feeling or thought at all.

This conversation is not only pointless, it's painful.

Well, that's the first honest thing you've said.

Then why don't we end it?

You did.

Remember?

That's because I got tired of living with you constantly praying for the salvation of my soul.

I got tired of hearing your prayers to a God, who if you really believe in his omnipotence, killed our son!

And if not killed him, sure didn't answer your pious entreaties to save him.

Where was his love and his grace and his compassion when you prayed for just enough of it to save an eight year old child who never did a thing except bring joy into the life of everyone who ever met him?

You know what's so sad about your bitterness, Sol?

It's robbed you of the ability to remember the gift of that joy and left you with nothing but anger.

Well, you know, like I said, pays the bills.

Oh.

Hey! Hi, Dad!

Hey guys!

Uh, is that for me?

No.

I forgot.

Conner has a birthday party to go to today.

Oh, okay.

Well I guess we won't be going to the amusement park today.

Sorry, Dad.

It's Kyle's birthday today.

No, it's fine, it's okay.

I get it.

I just wish I would've known, earlier.

So, what about you?

You still up for some roller coaster rides?

Actually, Dad, I kinda just feel like hangin' out at home today.

Really?

I come all the way out here because you guys tell me that you wanted to go to the park.

You know what, I'm gonna let you two sort that out.

Sol, nice seeing you again.

Conner, let's go.

Bye, Dad.

Ya, bye buddy.

Have fun.

So, you want me to go too?

What if we play some hoops?

I can do that.

So, how is everything? Good.

School? It's all right.

Girls? Dad!

So much for small talk.

I need to talk to you about something.

About girls? Dad!

What do you wanna talk about?

I need you to sign this.

What, you wanna go to Haiti?

With our church youth group.

We're raising money to help build a water system.

Water system?

Is that a euphemism for a well?

Ya, and there's gonna be-- A hole in the ground.

You're going to Haiti to dig a hole in the ground.

Look, if you're just gonna make fun of it--

I'm not making fun, I just wonder what the point is.

I mean, can't the people of Haiti dig?

Do you have to go all the way down there and show them how to do it?

I'll bet they've been digging holes in the ground for millennia.

Dad, I'm going to do something good.

Don't you even believe in doing good deeds?

Well, of course I do.

I just don't believe in professional do-gooders.

Dad, I'm not asking you to believe in the church.

I'm asking you to believe in me.

Fair enough.

Fair enough, you know what, you are, you are a very decent young man.

And you know what?

I'm proud of you.

I really am. Thanks.

It means a lot to me.

Now, come on, here.

Give me that ball.

What do you want to play, horse or 21?

Doesn't matter.

I'll beat you at either one, old man.

Old man?

I'll tell ya, those are fightin' words pal.

I may be old but I'll tell you something, I still got this shot.

Nice.

All right, I'll start.

Start?

Whoa, whoa, whoa, what do you mean you'll start?

This was start.

I said, "It's not a birdie, it's an eagle!"

It's good to see you.

Ya, I never really liked that guy.

Ah ha ha, just the person I'm lookin' for.

Champagne?

Anything to kill the pain works for me.

There ya go sweetheart.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!

I might as well, might as well double-fist it.

Thank you.

Really, Sol?

Cool, what?

It's a party.

Besides.

♪ It's my party and I'll drink if I want to ♪

♪ Drink if I want to ♪

♪ You would drink to if it happened to ♪

♪ You ♪ Come on, that's pretty funny.

I do not know this party song.

Well, I'm sorry I don't know any Russian top 40.

There he is.

Darling, darling!

Oh, darling, you look fantastic!

Oh, thank you, I heard that you killed in that debate, killed it!

Yes, that last debate is gonna put you over the top.

It was even better than I could imagine.

Wow, then here's to my last debate.

Darling, it wasn't a debate.

I'm telling you, it was a massacre.

You wore his bloody guts for garters, that's what you did.

Well, there wasn't a very high bar, but as I say, "I cleared it."

Darling, you didn't clear it, you killed it!

You ought to be on death row that's how much you killed it.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa there pretty lady.

Come here.

What are, what are those?

This is called The Harkens Hedonist.

It's special for the occasion.

I can't pass on one of those, it'd be like denying one of my own children.

Thank you.

Mm.

And who is this?

Hm?

Oh, this, this is um...

I'm Vanessa Biechevskayo.

That's it.

I'm with Sol.

Oh, yes, of course, of course.

I am Norman, Sol's put upon agent and this is Tracee, his publicist.

As I say, I am with Sol.

But only for party, unfortunately.

I have sport magazine bikini photo shoot in Bahamas.

I fly straight to airport-- Fascinating.

Well, you know what?

You should probably leave early, 'cause you know those airports get a little crazy.

Sol?

Hm?

I going to mangle.

Darling, I think you mean mingle.

Da, sure, mingle, mangle.

I have no idea what she said, but, loves me like a rock.

You know, I'd say congratulations on your new relationship but I have seen the women in your life.

You're not funny.

So listen, I think I may have scored an interview with Diane Sawyer tomorrow.

This whole ISIS is no different than the church thing has gone viral baby.

Wait a minute, wait a minute.

I just had a brilliant thought; listen to this!

What if we do a T-shirt that says ISIS equals church?

We'll sell a million of them.

Well hold that brilliant idea.

Oh barkeep, can I have another one of these Hedon Harkenists?

Back to the Diane Sawyer piece.

Oh please.

Come on, I just need some breathing space, okay?

Well, I'll tell you this, the book party's a smashing success.

Well done, darling. Thank you.

The book is selling like hotcakes.

Fantastic.

Then I'm just gonna have to toast myself.

♪ Day breaks and it breaks away Cecilia ♪

♪ Wakes the kids gets the baby ♪

♪ Then I do ♪ Guys, come on, give him room, give him room.

Look at the camera, look at the camera.

Vanessa look here!

Are you in vanity Faire this week?

Sol, Sol Harkens look here!

Thank you, Shane.

I'm so tired, I can't wait to get out of here.

Grazie, my good man. Yes, sir.

Hey, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!

What are you doing?

I thought I was taking you?

Sol, darlik.

You are very handsome, very brilliant, and also very drunk.

I told you, photo shoot in Bahamas.

Oh, come on, just blow off the photo shoot.

Just come with me to the Hamptons.

I promise we'll have a really good time.

Yes, of course.

But first I must do bikini shoot.

It is big broke for me.

I think you mean break.

Ya, sure.

Then I am back and we can mangle.

Ya.

Ya, sure, sure.

So I don't even get a kiss goodbye?

Sol, darlik, there are paparazzi;

I don't wanna ruin the makeup.

It's business.

Ya, it's not personal.

See how smart you are?

Loves me like a rock.

Darling, I'll take one of those Harken Hedonist things, whatever they are.

Call Sol Harkens.

Incoming call from Norman Manchester.

Hey, Norm.

Miss me already, huh?

Oh, Sol, darling.

Hey, listen, that Vanushka, my goodness.

I mean, there's nothing like a supermodel on your arm to enhance your image.

Speaking of that, I could use a little image enhancement myself.

I was wondering if maybe she had a sister, or a cousin?

'Fraid not.

You know, she's one of a kind, more or less.

At least I've got one glamorous model that does exactly what I want.

What are you talking about?

My ride, dude.

This thing takes the curve like she's on railroad tracks.

Darling, please do drive carefully, and I'm not really kidding about that old Vanushka thing.

I mean, maybe the Commie has a really nice looking grandmother.

You know, very good DNA over there.

You've heard of all that, right?

Not that I'm desperate, although I'm not not desperate.

Who we kiddin'?

We both know you're desperate.

Well, listen, Darling.

Do me a favor, call me when you get there.

Ya, ya, ya.

You want me to call you.

See, that's how desperate you are.

You want me--


Happy birthday to you, my son.

Happy birthday.

I'm gonna give you a big, big hug.

I'm very proud of you.

Good job, buddy, good job.


Davey?

Davey, my son, is that you?

Daddy!

Davey!


Oh, my boy.

I love you.

It's not your time.

You must go back.

I don't understand.

You must go back.

But I don't wanna go back, I wanna stay here with you.

Daddy.

Let there be light.

What?

Let there be light, Daddy.

Wait.

No.

No, no, no, I don't, I don't wanna go.

I wanna stay.

It's okay, Dad.

No, I don't wanna go.

I wanna stay with you.

Let there be light!

I wanna stay, Davey, Davey.

Davey!

Davey!

Davey!

I don't wanna go back, Davey!

Norm, is Sol Harkens dead?

Am I wearing black? No.

Then he's not dead. Rumor is he's dead!

Is he on life support?

He's doing Diane Sawyer.

How could he be dead?

Was he drunk?

I have never seen the man drink more than a glass of white wine at dinner in his entire life.

Was he badly injured?

Aside from the concussion, you have a serious blood clot that if it breaks loose and travels to your brain, will cause a stroke.

That's the bad news.

Now, the good news is there's a very good chance that if you're careful, and you are already on massive amounts of blood thinners, with proper supervision, you can make a full recovery.

Thanks, doctor.

Look, I'll do whatever it takes.

It takes following doctor's orders.

Rest.

No alcohol.

No, that's never a problem.

In fact, I'd like to keep you another night.

Just for observations.

Thanks but no thanks.

I just wanna get out of here.

Suit yourself.

You know, it's a miracle.

Clinically dead in the ambulance for four minutes.

Evidently it just wasn't your time.

Of course it wasn't his time.

He's got a book tour!

I'll tell him when it's his time.

You jerk.

Oh, he knows I'm kidding.

You know I'm kidding, don't you, darling?

Of course.

I mean, he wouldn't be able to commission my funeral.

Solomon, I would never commission your funeral.

I would make it a pay-per-view event.

Seriously, Sol.

How are you feeling?

I saw my boy.

Conner or Gus?

Are they here?

I saw Davey.

I saw my son.

I'm sorry, wait a minute.

What, hold on, say that again in English?

I'm not kidding you, Norm.

I saw Davey.

I was in this amazing light.

All right, hold on.

Stop right there.

That's fascinating, really.

But I want you to do me a favor.

Forget all of that.

Do you receive my meaning?

You understand if you just stay who you are, this could be your biggest payday.

You came back from the dead that other guy.

Uh, what's his name?

Lazarus?

No, I was gonna say Arsenio Hall.

Look, you got hit on the head.

You're hallucinating, all right?

That's all.

And anyway, what did those doctors say in the middle of the night?

They said that your blood alcohol level was highly elevated.

You were drunk?

Katy, how did you know I was here?

I guess I'm still on the hospital notify list.

Hi, sweetheart. Hi, darling.

Aren't you glad our boy's okay?

They say God watches over drunks and fools.

Well, I can't talk about the fool part.

But I can tell you this unequivocally, he was not drunk.

He had one drink at his own book launch party.

One drink, just like everyone else.

And by the way, there's no police report.

The road was slick, he lost control of the car.

You know, we're thinking of suing the manufacturer.

We are putting out a statement as we speak.

And that is the story we're sticking to, no matter what.

I'm not talking about damage control, I'm talking about just a minimal sense of responsibility, and not risking your life so stupidly, Sol!

Katy, I don't know if blood pressure can make the blood clot I've got break loose and kill me, but why don't you just ease off on the sermon and wait until my pain meds kick in?

Then you can just knock yourself out.

Katy, Solomon, let's not fight, please.

Let's think about something much more exciting, like money.

Now look, I've talked to all the networks and the digital platforms, you could have your own one-hour talk show.

You are gonna be the next Bill Maher.

And do you know why?

Because I'm taller than he is.

Darling, the mayor of Munchkin City is taller than he is.

No, you are the only one who crossed over and can say, "I was right.

"There is no there there, the only there is here."

And speaking of here, I don't wanna be here anymore.

I'm going to go sign you out!

Okay, so there's just an eensie-weensie teensy little group of reporters out there.

What're you gonna say when they ask if you had a near-death experience?

Wait.

What near-death experience?

It's just a figure of speech, darling.

Tracee, Norm, look, I'm fine, okay?

Look, could you hold this for me please?

Really, Sol, really?

I think I'm done carrying your baggage.

You know what, Sol?

I'm glad that you're okay.

I thank God for that, and like it or not, I'll be praying for you.

But, Sol, you need to get some help.

Not just for your sake, for the boys, you know.

They need you, they love you.

And they don't need any more tragedy in their lives.

So party on isn't gonna solve this.

It's what caused it.

When Katy is done with her lecture, perhaps we can get our mind around the press conference.

I think the reporters are just around the corner by the elevators.

Perhaps Katy shouldn't be here.

Or, perhaps the focus should be on the good news that Sol was okay.

You know what?

Show must go on, right?

Hey, Sol?

The great thing about not being part of this merry-go-round anymore is I don't have to take being talked about in the third person, especially when I'm right here in front of you.

Katy, sweetheart, you know that wasn't our intention.

I'll be waiting over here until the parade is over.

That's a very good idea, Katy.

All right, here we go, the show must go on.

Cheerio, Katy.

Smile, Sol, smile!

Back it up, let him through!

Is it true you were clinically dead?

Did you see the other side?

Do you believe in God now?

Did you see the tunnel of light?

Have your views changed at all?

Did you see the abyss?

Did you die in the car accident?

Was it a near-death experience?

Ya, well, I really don't know anything about dying.

Mr. Harkens-- Hello everybody.

Thank you for these wonderful questions.

Dr. Harkens has just had a terrible concussion.

He will answer all your questions at his next public appearance.

Thank you, make way please.

Thank you.

Okay everyone, okay.

Stay tuned.

Sol's comeback presentation is already in the works for next week.

But you can get updates on AbortingGod.com.

Everyone got that?

All right.

Excuse me.

Yous don't have to go home but you can't stay here.

Get out.


Honey, I'm home.


Agh, stupid game.


Reports now indicate the deaths were immediate and there were no survivors.

And on the lighter side, Russian beauty Vanessa Biechevskayo, after the near-death experience of her former main squeeze, Dr. Sol Harkens, seems to have found true love in the arms of photographer Brad Steele while they were on a photo shoot in the Bahamas.

Yup, loves me like a rock.

All right, all right, I'm coming!

Knock, knock.

Who's there?

The doorman.

The doorman who?

Exactly!

Hi, Tracee.

Sol, the doorman just let me come up.

Hope you don't mind.

Oh, I have a doorman?

I am telling Zachary you said that.

Ah, I need to have a little chat with him.

Come on. Brought you some danishes.

I didn't think you'd be entertaining, so.

How'd you know I wouldn't be up here with Vanessa?

Well, first of all, I saw on TV that Vaness-- Oh, ya, okay, okay, okay.

Brad Steele. Mm hm.

Woo, he is so fine!

Oh, and he's 20 years younger.

Oh, wait a second.

There might be an open wound around here somewhere on my body.

Did you wanna pour some salt into it?

Ah, you are such a tease.

So, your publisher called and she wants me to draft the talking points for your comeback presentation.

And I told her I thought I needed to clear it with you first.

Good.

How 'bout, "No."

Ya, we both thought you might react that way.

Well you know what, you're both right.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm a little down on my allotted vodka consumption for the day.

Did you uh, did you want a drink?

It's a little early in the day for that, isn't it?

Not if you're in London, baby.

We are not in London, boo.

Well, in that case I share your confusion.

Now listen, we have booked the same hall that you debated, or should I say destroyed Fornier in.

And we're trying to recreate the scene of your last triumph.

Ya?

So we were thinking, maybe, it just might be a great idea to have a teleprompter too.

You know, just in case.

Mm hm.

Seriously, Sol.

I've been adhering to a strict liquid diet.

What of it?

Sol, this is the audition gig for the cable talk show, not just another speech.

Can you honestly say that you are 100% on top of your game?

Absolutely.

150 proof.

And so, it is my great honor to present to you the person who helped so many shed superstition and find reason, a man of towering intellect, a great humanitarian, a fabulous writer, and one of my closest personal friends, Dr. Sol Harkens.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

First of all, in the words of that great Atheist humorist Mark Twain, "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

Uh, I was clinically dead

for four minutes, according to my physician.

Uh, during that time I um, I can assure you that I heard no church bells or anything like that.

I um...

I saw no heavenly hosts or anything and no pearly gates, and there was no, there was, there was no, uh, heavenly voices or anything.

And I didn't see any...

Any uh...

Any uh, dearly departed.

Well, that, that, that, that's not right.

I mean, I saw no, I saw no heavenly um, pearly gates or anything like...

It wasn't like a fairytale heaven or anything like that.

Katy.

I saw our son. What?

I saw our son.

I saw, I saw my boy.

I saw, I saw Davey.

And it was um, it was beautiful.

Oh my gosh.

Somebody call 911!

Sol, Sol, oh my gosh, I'm here with you now!

Sol, Sol!

Sol, I'm here now.

Somebody call an ambulance!

Sol, it's gonna be okay.

Dr. Walker--

Good morning.

I'm Dr. Patel, Chief of Neurology and a big fan of yours.

I'm halfway through Aborting God, and I love it.

Well, thank you.

Good news.

Looking at your CT scans and the MRI, the clot has not moved, at all.

It hasn't broken up and traveled, and, it isn't pushing up against anything that would've caused you to have such an episode.

Then, what was it?

Well, you've experienced a pretty significant trauma.

It's not unusual for you to experience anxiety, sleepiness, migraines, depression; a myriad of symptoms, which include panic attacks.

Obviously, the lecture last night was very stressful for you.

So, my advice would be to avoid putting yourself in such stressful situations in the future.

So, do you have any questions for me?

Um, no. Yes.

Yes there is, Sol.

Now's your chance, just ask her.

Please.

Sometimes, when people have these near-death experiences, they say that they see, you know, the tunnel of lights and the heavenly chorus.

Yes.

That is called The Death Surge.

Oftentimes, when someone almost dies, there is a surge of brain activity.

It's like all of the neurons in your cortex firing at once.

And it gives the person an intense sense of seeing or even experiencing something.

Now, they are not actually experiencing it, but, they believe they are.

The truth, however, is they are seeing their imaginations, quite literally, running wild.

Ah.

Did you experience something like that, Dr. Harkens?

Dr. Harkens?

No, it was nothing like that.

So, thank you, doctor. Of course.

Uh, one last little thing.

Would you mind taking a selfie with me?

Thanks for the ride, Katy.

No problem.

So, Sol,

did that set your mind at rest?

Look who you're talking to.

The world's most famous atheist.

So, if my neurons are gonna surge, what I see is gonna look like the grotto at Heff's on New Year's, on steroids.

I've done acid.

Trust me, I know what my hallucinations look like.

You know, he, he looked so beautiful, Katy.

He looked so peaceful, so, so happy.

God, I wish I had died.

Well, I, for one, thank God that you didn't.

I know you saw him, Sol.

I'm sure of it.

Look, I gotta go pick up Conner.

He spent the night at Kyle's, but I will be back, to talk about this.

Tomorrow night, okay?

You don't need to.

Not everything's about you, Sol.

I need to.

Thank you, I appreciate it.

Ah, get some rest.

You look like heck.

Ya, sure thing.

Hi, honey, I'm home.

Oh, that's great.

Would you make one of those for your brother?

K.

All righty, I'll see you later.

How's Dad doing?

Well, he's going through a really hard time.

You're spending a lot of time with him.

What's up with that?

How can you ask something like that?

He's um, he's scared, Gus.

And he's hurting.

What's gonna happen when he's better?

He's gonna dump you again.

Okay, we're not back together, so how can he dump me?

He's a user, Mom.

He uses you, he uses Conner and me.

Okay, that's not true and you know it.

He loves you guys.

Where's this coming from?

I don't want to see you get hurt again.

- Aw.

My cautious boy.

We'll be just fine.

Okay? K.

Don't forget to make your brother a sandwich.

Okay. Okay.

Ya, ya, ya, I'm comin'.

Keep your pants on.

What do they pay the doorman around here for anyway?

I mean, why don't they just hang up a big ol' poster and say hey, come on up to Sol's room.

He's got vodka, we can have a party.

That's what we can, K, Katy, ya, come on in, come on in.

You're drunk?

Oh, can't pull the wool over your eyes.

Nope, nope.

In truth this is as much the vodka as it is the pain pills.

You know, maybe it's the vodka, and the pain pills.

It could be.

What's with all these boxes?

Huh?

Oh, those are, they're Wipe Wowies.

Don't you watch TV?

You know, you, you can't sleep and it's three in the morning and you're sitting there, you're zonked out in front of the TV and that carnival guy comes on.

Hey, did you know that these things can soak up 200 times their weight in liquid.

It's a proven, scientific fact.

So I ordered 10 cases.

Okay, give me the vodka.

Oh, you want a drink, I'll pour you one.

No, I do not want a drink and I will not be here while you're drinking.

You should try it sometime, 'cause some of my best friends are alcoholics.

Well, you know how I feel about your best friends.

Ah, Kate.

Bonny Kate.

Prettiest Kate in Christendom.

Thy beauty doth make me like you well.

For thou shall be married to no man but me, for it is I who was born to tame you, Kate.

It's not a proposal, it's just a little bit of Shakespeare.

The Taming of the Shrew?

If memory serves, ya.

And I'm the shrew?

I am so out of here.

No, no, no, no, no, Katy, please.

Please.

Don't, truly, really, honestly I don't want you to leave, okay?

I just wanna talk to you.

I have to talk to you, okay?

You have a shrink and that's what you pay him for.

Katy, now,

nobody but you would understand what I'm saying.

Okay, I'm not, I can't sleep.

I can't think.

I can't, I can't not think.

And I can't stop thinking about Davey, you know, and how he looked and how it felt and what he said.

Wait, what?

What did he say, Sol?

He looked at me and he said, "Daddy, let there be light."

You know, all I wanted to do was, I wanted to put my arms around him.

But then I felt myself being pulled away.

And he said it again, he said, "Let there be light, Daddy."

And, I sit here

and honest to God, I don't know what to do with that.

Sol, you've gotten the best scientific explanation and that hasn't satisfied you and it, it hasn't brought you any comfort.

I mean, all you have to show for it are six cases of Wipe Wowies.

I bought a dozen Miracle Mops too.

Oh, praise Jesus.

You'll allow for a miracle when it comes to mops.

Well, you can take the head off and you can put it in the washing machine.

It's made of a 9,000 strands, interwoven together, I wouldn't, I wouldn't poo poo that mop.

Okay.

Would you consider consulting a different source?

I mean, you tried Dr. Patel and late night television.

Let me guess, your pastor?

What could it hurt?

Uh, no, Katy.

I don't know anything anymore.

I could just, if I could just get some sleep.

I'll hold you and you'll sleep.

Oh, Katy, I appreciate the offer, but I'm really not in the mood to--

Sol, I'll hold you, that's all.

But you'll sleep.

Really?

Come on.

Kate.

Bonny Kate.

Prettiest Kate in Christendom.


My Bonny Kate?

What?

Hello, darling.

Oh, hey, Norm.

You know the other night when you went down in a heap and started break dancing on the floor?

I can't say it wasn't entertaining, I'll grant you that, but it is hardly the way to push a book.

Do you catch my drift?

Not really.

This is what I'm saying, my friend.

It is time to put a nickel in the pony and start to ride again.

So, I have set up a little interview, a little one-on-one thing with Cat Ryerson.

Print media only, there's no cameras.

She is from NY Style Magazine, darling.

She's lovely. Ya.

Let me um, let me think about it.

Think about it?

Darling, you don't need to think about it.

That's why you pay me.

I do the thinking, you do the writing.

There is nothing to think about, do you understand?

We will show up in an hour so take a shower and wake up.

Solomon!

Solomon, I know you're lying there, darling.

Wake up!

Good morning, the doorman let us in.

Of course he did.

Please.

Dr. Sol Harkens, Miss Cat Ryerson of NY Style Magazine.

It's nice to meet you. You as well.

Come on in.

Can I, can I get you anything?

Oh no, I'm fine, thank you.

A cocktail or something?

It's the middle of the morning, doctor.

Yes, of course.

You know, I'm sure I've got some water around here somewhere.

Oh, I, I apologize for the mess.

I, uh, you know, I had a party here and well--

Thank you.

The maid was supposed to be here, so.

She's always late.

Not a problem.

Shall we get right to it?

Sure, why not.

The other night--

I had a full-blown panic attack.

It was a side effect to my concussion.

Well, you seemed to go into that panic attack as you were talking about what you experienced during the time you were clinically dead.

That could be.

I really don't remember.

Did you get a glimpse of the great beyond?

You know, I really don't know.

Well, let me put it in a different way.

Now that you've experienced whatever it was that you experienced, do you think it changed you in any way?

Your outlook?

Thoughts on the possibility of life after death?

Your beliefs?

Um, no.

No?

Come on, you don't have something like that happen to you and then you just-- Party on!

That's what he does, he parties on.

Yes.

I'm just trying to, I'm just trying to sort things out here.

I'm trying to, well, you, you know.

No, I don't.

What sort of things?

I really, I really, I, I don't know.

You know what, I'm not feeling really, very good right now, so-- How 'bout this?

Why don't we take five minutes.

You take-- No, no, no.

You know what, the interview's over.

I'm sorry. Wait.

What?

It's my doctor's orders.

I'm supposed to avoid stressful situations and I'm really starting to feel a little stressed out here.

Okay? I'm sorry.

You know what?

That's fine.

I've just wasted an entire morning and blown an opportunity to interview Keith Richards because you promised me an exclusive from the great Dr. Sol Harkens.

Thanks, Norm.

I'll be sure to remember it.

Cat, I, uh, I'll make it up to you.

I will.

We'll go out to lunch somewhere nice.

You pick it.

You'll need more than that.

Well.

You really nailed that one, didn't you, doctor?

You know, just, just, just back off, Norm!

You don't know what I'm going through right now!

I don't know what you're going through?

Darling, you don't know what I'm going through!

How am I supposed to sell the celebrated author whose latest exciting point of view is: I don't know?

Because guess what?

They don't know either and they're not gonna plunk down

$30 to find out that you are as stupid as them.

Get your head out of the afterlife and back into this one.

Darling, you're blowing it.


Excuse me.

Can you tell me where I can find Pastor Vinny's office?

Ya, but you won't find him there.

Okay.

Can you tell me where I can find him?

He's painting the fence.

You must be that Dr. Harkens.

I recognize you from you picture in the newspaper.

Ya, well, Katy, she told me a lot of good things about you, but you, you're not exactly what I expected.

Did your wife tell you what I really was before I became a pastor?

Uh, is it important? I don't know, you tell me.

I was a wiseguy.

A wiseguy?

Ya, a wiseguy, mobbed up.

Actually, that's not what I really was before I became a pastor.

What I really was?

Inmate, 09699016.

Federal prison, Lompoc, California.

You were in prison?

Do I stutter?

Or aren't you wired for sound?

Ya, I was in prison.

10 year stretch.

Three years of that in the hole, solitary.

They gave me a Sony Walkman and a book to read.

It probably wasn't one of mine.

Not even close.

I read it front to back a dozen times.

Even took notes.

See, I didn't come to Jesus in any moment of epiphany.

I didn't see a vision, I didn't hear a voice from above.

Not like your wife, she's got a real gift of faith.

But me?

I'm a street guy.

I don't buy into things too easy.

You gotta prove it to me; I gotta see evidence.

And you know what really got me?

I honestly haven't a clue, but this is one of the more interesting conversations I've ever had with a clergyman, so please continue.

The empty tomb.

What happened to the body?

Uh.

You may have lost me.

Follow me here.

This ain't brain surgery.

Jesus gets whacked, right?

Well, I've never exactly heard it put that way, but ya. Well, now ya have.

They stick his body in a tomb, they seal it up tighter than a cement drum.

What happens next?

Ba-da-bing!

A body disappears.

Don't look at me like that.

The body disappeared.

Now if He resurrected, that's a miracle.

Now that ain't a little miracle, that's a big mother of a miracle.

So the Romans, they gotta find their body because if Christ rose from the dead, gonna turn a lot of people into believers.

And they didn't want that.

And the Romans were Italians.

Now, I know a little bit about that.

When they wanted somebody to rat, they didn't mess around.

They fried guys, they skinned 'em alive.

They crucified 'em upside down.

But nobody ratted out where the body was.

Think about that.

The disciples, not one of them broke rank.

They went to their death stickin' to that story.

You know why?

Answer me, you know why?

I have no idea.

Because Christ was resurrected.

There was no body.

Let me ask you this.

When your soul left your body, what did it see?

My son.

And how did he look?

So beautiful, so at peace.

And how did you feel?

I felt love I've never felt before, never.

You know why?

Because you were bathed in the light and the love of our Lord and Savior.

Now you come to me and you say, "Pastor vinny, Pastor vinny.

"What does, Let there be light' mean?"

Your wife told me about it.

If you say I can't figure it out, I'm buying Wipe Wowies, whatever the heck they are.

I'm buying mops.

I'm going oobatz.

I'm going crazy-- Okay, okay, okay.

You're on a roll, so what does it mean?

Jesus was the Light of the World.

It was his sense of love and peace that you felt.

It was his serenity.

Let me ask you something.

What's Christmas?

Don't just sit there, I asked you a question.

What's Christmas?

It's, it's a holiday.

And you're the one they call brilliant?

I don't know. All right, okay, okay.

It's Jesus' birthday, it's the day He was born.

And it falls at the darkest time of the year.

That's no coincidence.

Because Jesus came to bring the world light.

Look at what's going on today in the world.

There's a darkness that's spreading across the globe.

Can't you see it?

People are getting whacked like it's the Middle Ages.

They're getting their heads cut off, they're getting burned alive.

You don't think evil's a real force?

Let me tell ya, Doc, I seen evil and it's ugly.

Look what those guys, ISIS, look what they're wearing.

Their clothes are black, their flags are black.

They're a cult of death.

And what do these people have to offer?

Hatred, murder, death.

But Jesus spoke about loving our enemies.

The answer to darkness, is light.

Jesus preached the antidote to hatred; He preached love.

The Light of the World wants you, you, Doc, to spread his message of love.

So, what, what are you saying?

That He chose me?

Well, who better to choose than the biggest atheist of all?

He literally let you see the light and now He's asking you to spread it.

And just like God sent his only begotten son to earth with a message of love, He sent you your son.

Think about that, Doc.

He sent you your boy Davey, that's how much He loves you.

Oh my God.

Oh my, oh my, oh my God.

Doc, He is your God and He's holding out his hand to you.

All you gotta do now is take it.

Baptism is a public proclamation of faith for all to see and that's so nobody can cop out and say it never happened.

Sol, are you ready to admit that you're a sinner and repent of your sins? Yes.

And are you ready to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

Yes.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Woo hoo!

Yes!

Woo! So?

You feel any different?

Ya, Dad, do you feel stronger, smarter, faster?

I think I'm faster than you.

Catch me if you can. Come back here!

You think you can outrun me? Yes, I do.

Careful, Mom.

One day at a time.

Okay.

Thank you.

Hey, Dad? Ya?

So what's it like to have a transformation, like what you just did?

I mean, how do you know it's real?

Because it is.

How do you know it was God's love and not just your imagination?

I mean, you and Mom made vows and, then broke them.

You really go for the jugular, don't you, kid?

Just trying to be realistic.

You know she still prays for you every night.

Never stopped.

Do you believe that God hears?

Of course I do.

Katy, Conner, could you come in here for a second please?

I uh, I owe you guys an apology.

Sol, you don't have to.

Yes.

Yes, I do.

You see, for a long time I made fun of all you guys' faith.

I couldn't understand it.

You know, I didn't even want to try to understand it.

I was too wrapped up in my own ego.

But you never gave up on me, Katy.

For that, I am eternally grateful.

I told you that I saw your brother.

And all I can tell you is, is that he's safe.

It's really beautiful where he is.

You know, Dad, if you think about it, it's kinda like Davey saved your soul.

You know, I never thought of that.

He did.

He did, he saved my soul.

You know, he looked at me and he said, "Let there be light."

Why?

Was it dark?

No, doofus.

Jesus was the Light of the World.

It means that Dad is supposed to spread the light of Jesus.

Oh, cool.

Wait, Dad?

And I finally realized the truth of what I saw and felt.

So, did it change your beliefs?

Yes, absolutely.

Oh, and these, are the letters that saved my life.

Lesbian, trans, bi-- No, no, no.

It's, it's let there be light.

That's what my son said to me.

When he said that I felt the most perfect love I've ever felt in my life.

The author of Aborting God-- Has been saved by the love of Jesus Christ, absolutely.

So, why should people read your books?

They shouldn't.

Wow!

I mean, the world's biggest atheist just had a come-to-Jesus moment.

I have a story to file and a deadline to meet.

Thank you for giving me the exclusive.

You're welcome.

Wow.

It was nice meeting you.

Well, I must say, if I would've known that you were going to torpedo your career, I would've booked you on 60 Minutes.

Saved by the love of Jesus Christ.

I've never heard anything so absurd.

I hope your friend Jesus can get your next deal for you because I know I certainly can't.

As a client, you are fired.

I understand, Norm.

But hey, at least we can still be friends, right?

Solomon, we were never friends.

Ours was a business arrangement.

I tolerated your egregious behavior because you made me a lot of money.

But now you're just a bible thumper hell-bent on destroying all of my hard work.

This relationship with Jesus has made you toxic and completely unsellable.

You might as well have died in that car accident.

You're dead to me.

Would you like a Miracle Mop?

You know, I liked you better when you were drunk.

I bought a dozen of 'em.

Hey, Norm.

Oh.

Hello? Oh, hey, Katy.

Oh.

What's up with Norm?

He didn't' seem to be his usual chatty self.

Ya, he wasn't too happy about my conversion.

So, he fired me.

Oh.

I'm sorry?

Nah, don't be sorry.

You want something to drink?

You're kidding, right?

I got raspberry iced tea, I got decaf lemon iced tea, I've got passion fruit iced tea.

That is a lot of iced tea.

It's really good iced tea.

You want one?

No, thank you, but you go right ahead.

So, Sol, you know how you've been racking your brains trying to figure out what let there be light means and what to do about it? Ya.

What if it's as simple as this?

Just turn on your flashlight app?

No, on the darkest night of the year, people go outside and they shine their flashlights up to heaven, lighting up the darkness.

So,

what we'd actually have is a band of light slowly encircling the earth. Yes!

And we can synchronize it with an app.

And we'll contact NASA and ask them to shoot satellite images, like a selfie for God. Let there be light.

And there's a social media component because we'll have people standing by in chat rooms. volunteers from churches from all of the world, answering people's questions about Christ.

They'll be digital missionaries.

So you wanna proselytize? Absolutely.

And without apology.

We should be proselytizing life with as much vigor as ISIS proselytizes death.

Sol, you cannot defeat an ideology on the battlefield alone.

To beat an ideology of evil, you need an ideology of good. Yes.

Let there be light.

L-T-B-L. L-T-B-L.

Oh, and there's a part of the app where if you text L-T-B-L or something, then you're donating to your local food bank.

So, you'd be feeding people literally and spiritually. Sure.

I like it.

Me too.

Huh.

Speaking of feeding people, would you like to go out to dinner some time next week?

Well, the boys would love it.

I mean, especially if it's Chick Fil A.

I don't mean you and me and the boys.

I just, I just mean you and me.

What, like a date? No, it's not a date.

It's just dinner.

Well, if you put it that way, um, You gonna take me some place nice?

Ya.

All right then.

All right then.

If you ask me, this is just another Sol Harkens publicity stunt, and I for one, don't wanna be suckered in to believing that Sol Harkens, the biggest atheist in the world, has suddenly, pardon the pun, seen the light.

Now, I am a Christian and I am called on to forgive, but it's going to take more than a phone app to change my mind.

Wow, you have burned a lot of bridges with the Christian outlets.

The other outlets, they couldn't care less.

Ya, you know, but I get it.

We just have to keep trying.

You know, it's all about the message, right?

Right.

And it's only the beginning.

Ya.

Well thank you for a very good day, Tracee.

And um, is everything set for tonight?

All under control.

But I want a full report.

Okay? All right, you got it.

I'll walk you to the door. Okay.

You know, when Norm dumped you, I had to rethink my priorities.

I mean, I was raised in the church, but somewhere along the way, I don't know, I guess it just wasn't cool.

You've reintroduced me to my faith and I wanna thank you for that.

We're gonna work it out. I know we will.

Oh, here.

What's that?

Have a Wipe Wowie.

It won't cleanse your soul, but it does soak up 200 times its weight in liquid.

You got problems.

Bye. Bye.

Hello, father.

Hello father?

That's a little formal, isn't it?

She'll be down in a minute.

Okay.

You do realize that this is a school night?

I expect her back here by 10 o'clock.

I, I, I see.

Sharp.

10 o'clock sharp.

We clear on that? Crystal.

Good.

Good.

Can I come in?

This is date is like a really big deal to Mom.

Well, it is to me too.

I want you to know that I wasn't in favor of it.

You said all the right things, made all the right moves, but a leopard doesn't change its stripes that easily.

It's spots. Whatever, Dad.

You get my drift; don't be a jerk.

Okay.

Oh, hi.

Wow.

Mom.

Wow.

Thank you.

What are you guys doing out here?

Oh, just father and son conversation.

Baseball. Hoops.

That sort of thing. Ya.

All right.

Um, dinner's on the table. Thank you.

And uh, I'll see you later. Okay.

We'll see you later.

Dad?

Huh?

10 o'clock, sharp.

Where are you taking me, Sol?

You promised me a restaurant.

No, I said dinner.

Ya, at a nice restaurant.

This is a restaurant.

This is a very small and exclusive restaurant that just opened.

Oh, for heavenly days.

It's beautiful.

Shall we?

Thank you.

Thank you.

This is amazing.

You're amazing.

To you.

To us.

And, by that I mean,

you know, that we're working on this project together, that us, that's...

I didn't mean to imply there was a different us.

It's that us.

I think, when it comes to two people, it boils down to two lines.

One is from Bob Dylan and the other is from Leonard Cohen.

Not exactly Matthew and John, but we're talking baby steps, right?

I have no idea what we're talking about right now.

Well, maybe, they're the most important two things that can be said between a man and a woman.

I don't know, but one is,

I'll be with you when the deal goes down.

The other, is simply hallelujah.

Praise God.

Katy, will you do me the unbelievable and totally

undeserved honor

of becoming my wife,

again?

♪ I know I'm ready ♪

♪ Ready for the rest of my life ♪

♪ And I want to sing out loud hallelujah ♪

♪ Praise god ♪

♪ Nothin' compares ♪ Yes.

♪ You're the greatest love ♪ And hallelujah.

♪ Hallelujah hallelujah ♪

♪ Your love's the answer and that's why I sing ♪

♪ Hallelujah hallelujah ♪

♪ Your love's the answer and that's why I praise ♪

♪ Hallelujah hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

Hey, hey, come here.

What?

Don't go in the house yet.

Why?

Because there are children in there.

They are the enemy.

I want you to myself for a little while longer.

Hello?

10:30, school night.

Thought we had an understanding?

Well, I think we're about to have a new understanding.

Is your brother awake?

I think you're changing the subject.

What's that thing about spare the rod, spoil the Gus?

Gus, darling, if your brother's asleep, would you wake him up please?

We need to have a chat with both of you.

I'm ready to ground 'em.

That's a good start.

This better be good.

That's what I said.

Now this might seem like we're reversing things a bit, but since your mom and I got divorced, you two have been the men of the family.

But, well, what I want to say doesn't just affect your mom and me, it affects the both of you as well.

You're gonna cut our allowance?

I, I've asked for your mother's hand in marriage.

I want her to take me back as her husband.

Now, look, we're adults.

We don't need anybody's permission here.

So, what I would like is to have your blessing.

I want us to be a family again.

This is a little sudden, don't you think?

Did she say yes?

You know, you two are treading on really thin ice here.

Wait, so you're moving back in?

Well, once your mom and I are married, yes.

Yes! Awesome!

Yay.

Gus?

Psych, absolutely!

I'm just bustin' your chops.

The three men I love the most.

So you guys are cool with this?

Probably calls for a raise in allowance.

Probably calls for a raise in a.

Mom?

It probably calls for a rai--

Katy?

Mom?

Katy!

Mom! Mom!

Dad, what's happening to mom?

Gus, call 911!

Dad, what's wrong with mom?

Katy!

Here they come. What just happened?

Dad, is mom gonna be okay?

Absolutely.

That's what happened to Davey, Dad.

He had a seizure just like that.

What?

Gus. What?

You and your brother say a prayer for your mom.

I'll call you from the hospital.

Dad!

God's not gonna let this happen again, is He?

I don't know.

That's where those prayers of yours come in.

Just, just go back inside. Okay, Dad.

Bed is secured. Okay.

I'm here, Katy.

It's my turn to take care of you.

I'm Dr. Corey.

Nice to meet you, doctor.

Hi.

How you doing today, Katy?

Well, uh, I don't actually know.

Why don't you tell me?

We've had a chance to study the MRI and the CT scan, and we've gotten a pretty detailed look at your blood work.

Doctor, what is your specialty?

I'm an oncologist.

Oh no.

It was me.

I gave it to him, didn't I, doctor?

I gave our son cancer.

You didn't give your son cancer, ma'am.

The blood work indicates that you have Li-Fraumeni Syndrome.

This syndrome is what caused the seizure?

No.

People with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome are susceptible to various types of cancer, including brain tumors, which, I'm afraid, is what you have.

It's a stage four cancer.

Stage four?

Oh, okay, what are my chances, doctor?

And, please don't sugarcoat it.

I'm a big girl and I've got decisions to make and I need to know.

The prospects are not good.

This is a very virulent tumor.

It's quite advanced.

The tumor has interwoven with normal brain cells, to such an extent that I would not recommend surgery.

There is an experimental protocol that involves chemotherapy.

I don't think we'd be talking about a cure.

I think we'd be talking about buying you some extra time.

Huh.

Okay, okay, what about this experimental program?

And somebody must have survived this thing.

5%.

Maybe less.

Okay then.

She's gonna be part of that 5%.

That's all.

This is the strongest woman I've ever met in my life, doctor.

She makes miracles happen.

Um, aside from being in the hospital and having just had a seizure, I feel fine.

So my question is, how long do I have before I don't feel fine anymore?

I wish that I could give you more exact answers, Mrs. Harkens.

But, I just can't.

We do have drugs that can keep you more comfortable once the pain sets in.

That's not what I'm thinking about.

I'm thinking about planning a wedding, not a funeral.

Sol, there are three things I need to focus on now.

Preparing for eternity,

ensuring the success of Let There Be Light, and most importantly loving on my boys and you.

Thank you so much, doctor.

I'm sorry I didn't have better news.


You know, when I heard that the world's greatest atheist had found Christ and was remarrying his Christian wife, I knew I just had to sing at their wedding.

♪ I'm gonna share a little secret ♪

♪ Something common something real ♪

♪ True love it isn't forceable ♪

♪ It's something you must feel ♪

♪ When the promise of an answer ♪

♪ Isn't always clear ♪

♪ Look up and say ♪

♪ Let there be light ♪

♪ Let your love shine bright ♪

♪ Let there be light ♪

♪ Let your love shine bright ♪

♪ If you trust in faith ♪

♪ Your worries will fade away ♪

♪ Into the light ♪

Pastor vinny, take it away.

And so, we are gathered here today to celebrate the love of Katy and Sol, again.

Do we have the rings?

Yes.

Now these rings, like the love of God, have no beginning and they certainly have no end.

Now, Sol, I want you to place the ring on Katy's finger and repeat after me.

I, Sol, do take this woman, Katy.

I, Sol, do take this woman, Katy.

To be my lawfully wedded wife, forsaking all others.

To be my lawfully wedded wife, forsaking all others.

For richer or for poorer, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, until death do you part.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, you can knock out that last bit.

I've been there, I've done that.

Death gets no say in this.

But, for as my answer, I do.

Well that goes for me too; I do also.

Well, then let's get to the good part.

By the power vested in me, from the court on high, and from the court of man, I now pronounce you man and wife.

You may kiss the bride. That's the best part.

Yay.

Sorry, I'll turn it off.

Oh!

I cannot turn this off, sorry.

Got take it.

Woo, hello?

This is Tracee.

Uh huh.

You're kidding?

Um, yes.

Absolutely.

Well, ya, they just got married.

You look great, by the way.

You guys are awesome.

Ya, but they will be there.

Mm hm.

Oh, thank you so much!

Okay, sorry.

Change of honeymoon plans.

You two are doing Sean Hannity tomorrow!

You're kidding?

14 million listeners.

Three million viewers.

That's radio and television, baby.

Imagine the exposure for your app.

You can't buy that kind of coverage.

That's a pretty good gift.

You're welcome.

Thank you.

Thank you, thank you.

All right, so my first question is are you guys ready for the amount of heat that'll be coming your way with this?

I think we can handle it.

Well, I hope so, because you're intention is to proselytize? Yes!

We want to reach everyone. You're literally going to try and convert kids to Christianity.

What about diversity?

What right do you have to impose your religious values on to somebody else?

Well, what right does ISIS have to cut people's heads off?

That's a powerful point.

We just want to feed the hungry.

We wanna spread light into the darkness and hope into despair, and love into hatred.

Really, the only realistic way to do that is with the message of Jesus Christ.

We just wanna give everyone the opportunity to speak to somebody about the love of Christ.

They can make their own decisions.

And unlike ISIS, this is not a convert or die proposition.

Here's my question, do you have a media partner?

Is there anybody out there on Christmas Eve that's gonna show this band of light going around the entire globe?

Is anybody covering this?

Well, uh, so far, no one's covering it.

Not even a little bit.

Well that's gonna change right now.

I can do it on my network.

We're in every country, and on Christmas Eve we could do a three hour special to show this band of light as it makes its way around the globe through the different time zones.

We could literally cover each country, each section of the world, and get that message out.

That's awesome.

Thank you.

You're welcome.

That's a pretty good wedding present.


All right.

Goodnight my sweet boys.

Goodnight.

Mom?

Yes, sweetheart.

Are you gonna get better?

I think I'm pretty good right now.

You know what I mean.

We've been praying, Mom.

I know you have, sweety.

And don't think I haven't felt those prayers, because I have.

They're what give me strength.

Then God'll answer our prayers, right?

God always answers prayers.

Sometimes we just don't understand the answers.

Doesn't make any sense.

How many times did Jesus pray in the garden of Gethsemane?

Three times.

And what did He pray for?

That God would lift his burden.

That He wouldn't have to die.

He prayed for God's will to be done.

It was God's will and God's plan that Jesus' life and what we call death would bring salvation for all mankind.

So, did God answer Jesus' prayers?

I guess so. Mm hm.

What did your daddy see when he almost died, Conner?

He saw Davey.

Mm hm.

And how did Davey look to him?

Happy.

Peaceful.

Yes, that's right.

So, there's nothing to be afraid of, is there?

I don't care about heaven, I don't want you to die, Mommy.

Oh honey, I don't believe there's any such thing as death.

When I'm in the next room and you can't see me, am I dead?

Or, am I just in the next room?

You're just in the next room.

Mm hm.

Just in the next room.

Still loving you, still watching over you.

It's time to get some sleep.

I'll just be in the next room.

Goodnight my sweet boys.

Goodnight. Goodnight.

Three, two...

And welcome back to our three hour special edition of Hannity where tonight, history is being made all over the world.

Now I'm sure by now, everyone has heard the incredible story of Sol and Katy Harkens and their Let There Be Light project.

Well at 3:00 a.m. this morning, on Christmas Island, a band of light, visible from outer space began to move around the world.

From New Zealand to Russia, to Australia, Japan, and even amazingly in North Korea.

How did anybody in North Korea hear about this?

And with us tonight, from their home in Connecticut are Sol and Katy Harkens and Sally Darwan, the head of NewCom High-Tech, now they designed the app that is making this extraordinary night possible.

Now, Sally, you did more than just design the app, you have a pretty remarkable story of your own.

Tell us about it. That's right, Sean.

I don't believe that Sol and Katy just showed up at our company by accident.

I do believe that they were sent to me.

Well, tell me about that.

How so?

You see, Sean, I was born in Pakistan.

I was forced into a marriage by my father when I was 14, to a brutal man.

He used to beat me.

And when I ran to my father for protection, he beat me for disobeying my husband.

And when I said I would leave him, I was told that I would be killed.

An honor killing.

I came to America and I was quite literally saved by the love of Christ.

And I can't think of a better way to honor my Father in heaven, and I can't think of a more meaningful Christmas Eve than spending it with you, your audience, Sol and Katy, their children, their neighbors, who've all showed up for this amazing event.

Sol?

What is it, baby?

You okay?

I love you so much.

I'm sorry for ever being unkind or any harsh words. Shh, shh, shh, shh.

Nothing you ever did could compare to the sins I've had against you.

You are the love of my life.

Merry Christmas, darling.

Merry Christmas, Bonny Kate.

It's almost time.

All right, hello, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, all the way down to Florida.

Ladies and gentlemen, you have been watching a modern-day Christmas miracle tonight, as a band of light has spread aptly enough, beginning at Christmas Island and literally now spanning the globe.

Not a thousand points of light, but millions of points of light have lit up the darkness around the world, in Iran, in ISIS-occupied territories, in the Middle East, even China, North Korea.

Beacons of light and faith have spread a four word message of hope for many.

Now we're gonna leave you with some images from this amazing event that began, fittingly enough, with the clinical death and a spiritual rebirth.

I'm Sean Hannity. Ten.

I wanna wish you. Nine.

And your family. Eight.

A very very merry Christmas. Seven, six.

And as leave you. Five.

On this Christmas Eve. Four, three.

May there finally be. Two, one.

Peace on earth.

And yes, let there be light.

♪ Silent night ♪

♪ Holy night ♪

♪ All is calm ♪

♪ All is bright ♪

♪ 'Round yon virgin ♪

♪ Mother and child ♪ You did it, Bonny Kate.

You made it happen.

Ah, it's so beautiful.

♪ Sleep in heavenly peace ♪

It's so beautiful. ♪ Sleep in heavenly peace ♪

Katy?

Katy?

Ah, my sweet Katy.

♪ Sleep in heavenly peace ♪

♪ Sleep in heavenly peace ♪

♪ Let there be light for the ones who lost their way ♪

♪ Let there be light let it ease your pain ♪

♪ Let there be light on the darkest day ♪

♪ Let there be light so that we may see again ♪

♪ Let there be light if the bible says it's so ♪

♪ Let there be light as above so below ♪

♪ Let there be light so the world will know ♪

♪ Let there be light so that we may see again ♪

♪ Let there be light tonight ♪

♪ Let there be light tonight ♪

♪ Let there be light ♪

♪ Let there be light ♪

♪ Let it shine on me ♪

♪ Let there be light tonight ♪

♪ Let there be light tonight ♪

♪ Let there be light ♪

♪ Let there be light ♪

♪ Let it shine on me ♪

♪ Let there be light for the ones with the wounded mind ♪

♪ Let there be light for the ones we left behind ♪

♪ Let there be light somebody say amen ♪

♪ Let there be light so that we may see again ♪

♪ Let there be light tonight ♪

♪ Let there be light tonight ♪

♪ Let there be light ♪

♪ Let there be light ♪

♪ Let it shine on me ♪

♪ Let there be light tonight ♪

♪ Let there be light tonight ♪

♪ Let there be light ♪

♪ Let there be light ♪

♪ Let it shine on me ♪