A Touch of Healing, Part 1
Connie Kendall comes to Whit’s End to ask Jason Whittaker for time off to spend with her grandma, Mildred Kendall. Grandma has come to live with Connie and her mom while she recuperates from heart trouble. Jason listens, then tells Connie about his plan to reprogram the Imagination Station. He wants to see if Jenny Roberts, who is blind, and Zachary Sellers, who is unable to walk because of a car accident, would be able to imagine themselves healed in the Imagination Station. Jack Allen is against the idea, just as he was against the Bible-based arcade games that Jason had put in Whit’s End. Jason gives Connie extra time off work.
Connie and Mildred talk about Connie’s dad’s need for salvation and how glad they are that they have stayed close in spite of the divorce. Later, Connie waits in the doctor’s office while Mildred is being tested. Finally, she approaches a nurse and is told that the doctors believe Mildred has had a heart attack. When she is finally allowed to see her, Mildred expresses her desire to see Bill (Connie’s father) before she dies. Mildred also shares some prayers with Connie that she has written in her Bible.
At Whit’s End, Jenny is the first to try the altered Imagination Station and ends up in the town of Bethany with Lazarus, Martha, and Mary. Jenny is still blind in the story but is encouraged by Lazarus, who tells her that he died and rose again so that Christ would be glorified, and that Jenny’s blindness can be used in the same way. Jason is disappointed that Jenny wasn’t “healed” of her blindness in the Imagination Station. He reluctantly agrees to let Zach try the next program and decides to get in with Zach to witness the results.
The Imagination Station sends them both to America during the Revolutionary War. They are both surprised and excited when Zach can not only walk, but also run, just as he could before the car accident. Their adventure ends abruptly when Zach’s mom, Eileen, arrives to take him home. She is disturbed by Jason’s program and insists that Zach go home with her immediately. But Zach doesn’t want to leave, he wants to stay in the Imagination Station because he is able to walk in there. He throws a tantrum, and his mother has to drag him out.
- Why was Jack opposed to Jason’s new Imagination Station program?
- Do you agree with Jack’s reservations?
- Why or why not?
- Why is it important to persist in praying, even when it seems God isn’t answering your prayers?
- What did Connie learn through her grandmother’s illness?
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|John Whittaker||Jason Whittaker|
|Bill Kendall||Mildred Kendall|
|April Kendall||Mildred Kendall|
|June Kendall||Mildred Kendall|
|Doc Morton||Hospital intercom|
PARENTS: This is a story about life, dashed hopes, and the death of a loved one. It may be too sensitive for younger listeners.
- The introduction of the Bible arcade games in #296: “Red Wagons and Pink Flamingos” is discussed in this episode.
- Mildred Kendall and her poor health were originally mentioned in #195: “Father's Day”.
- The potential healing capabilities of the Imagination Station would be revisited years later when the technology was used in the Novabox.
- A Revolutionary War Imagination Station program featuring Paul Revere (referenced by Jason as the one he and Zachary went on) has never appeared on the show. The only adventure with Revere was told by Whit in #197: “The Midnight Ride”. The program Jenny Roberts went on was seen previously in #226: “An Adventure in Bethany, Part 1”.
QuotesJason Whittaker: Sometimes Jack and my dad have the same problem. They're too careful. Even when they're being adventurous they won't take risks. See, I like risks. And if you're going to reach out to kids, you have to be willing to take risks.
Jack Allen: You know, when we first started talking about it, I thought we were just having a philosophical debate. I didn't believe you were going to follow up on it.
Jason Whittaker: I get tired of discussing and debating. I like to take action. Why not try some of the things we talk about?
Jack Allen: Because things can't go terribly wrong if we talk.
Jason Whittaker: Just close your eyes and imagine you can walk. Then, stand up and do it!
Jason Whittaker: Zach, can you imagine yourself running for your life?
Zachary Sellars: You better believe it.
Jason Whittaker: Then, run for your life!
Mildred Kendall: My son can be very foolish. But he did one thing right: he married your mother and he had you. I thank God for that.
Zachary Sellars: No, none of you guys are getting it. I don't wanna go home. I can walk in there, and I don't wanna leave it! I never wanna leave the Imagination Station, ever!