A Touch of Healing, Part 2
An unhappy Eileen Sellars walks into Whit's End and tells Jason and Jack Allen that Zachary no longer wants to go to therapy because he wants to spend all his time in the Imagination Station. She complains that Jason’s program has given Zach false hope. They’ve argued nonstop because she won’t let him go in there anymore.
But Jason is still excited about his Imagination Station program and, in spite of Jack’s objections, even agrees to do an interview with Cryin’ Bryan Dern about it.
After the interview, Whit’s End becomes madhouse, it seems every kid in Odyssey wants to try the Imagination Station. Some of the children are disappointed and upset that they haven’t been “healed” of their problems. Zach arrives on the scene and insists on being allowed to enter the Station. He gets into a fight with his mother, saying that he hates everyone who gets in the way of the Station adventure.
Realizing the damage he’s been doing, Jason closes down the Imagination Station until further notice. Privately, Zach tells Jack he is sorry he ever tried the Imagination Station. Now, he’s worried that he may never walk again. Jack encourages Zach to concentrate on the spiritual healing that needs to take place. Jack prays with him and his mother, Eileen, to receive Christ.
At the hospital, Connie’s grandmother feels her time has almost ended. She urges Connie to pray, not for healing, but for strength. Mildred slips into a coma. Jack visits Connie at the hospital, and Connie expresses her confusion over Mildred’s suffering. It seems her prayers haven’t been answered. Jack says he can’t really explain it, but although suffering is an inevitable result of our fallen world, it is still important to pray. That way we can better understand the mind of God and feel His comfort. Connie and her mom continue their vigil at the hospital, and Connie urges her mom to accept the Lord and His strength for herself, just as Mildred dies.
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- Why was Jack opposed to Jason’s new Imagination Station program?
- Do you agree with Jack’s reservations?
- Why or why not?
- Do you agree with Jack’s reservations?
- 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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PARENTS: This is a story about life, dashed hopes, and the death of a loved one. It may be too sensitive for younger listeners.
- Eileen Sellars' and Zachary Sellars' conversions in this episode were two of many that have happened in Adventures in Odyssey over the years. For a complete list of everyone who has been saved on the show, see this List of Conversions.
- The introduction of the Bible arcade games in #296: “Red Wagons and Pink Flamingos” is discussed in this episode.
- Natalie O'Hare, who plays Mildred Kendall in this two-parter, also played Jenny Whittaker, a character who also died in Odyssey General Hospital.
- Several plot elements in this episode lead into the events of the conclusion of the Blackgaard saga later in the season (and the next album). These include the growing rift between Jack Allen and Jason Whittaker over the issue of exposing kids to danger, as well as the efforts of Bart Rathbone (mentioned in a news story) to undermine Whit's End, presumably to prepare for Regis Blackgaard's rise to power.
- This episode demonstrates just how much Connie and Jack's relationship has grown since Connie's initial hostility to Jack in #281: “...But Not Forgotten”. Here Connie is heard looking to Jack as a friend and mentor, relating to him as she once did to Whit.
- Bryan Dern says "Here comes the judge" when Eileen shows up to take Zachary away from the Imagination Station — a reference to a Sammy Davis Jr. skit on Laugh-In.
Jason Whittaker: But I happen to think she was wrong in this case.
Jack Allen: Oh, and you're the one who's going to tell parents they're wrong in how they raise their own children?
Jason Whittaker: No, no, of course not. But she was going after the Imagination Station!
Jack Allen: She was going after what you did to the Imagination Station!
Jason Whittaker: Oh, I get it now. This is because you think she's right.
Jack Allen: She's right inasmuch as you don't know what you're dealing with! You don't know what this'll lead to!
Jason Whittaker: Come on, Jack; give me some credit, will you? I reprogrammed those machines to include learning and you approved of them.
Jack Allen: Sure. I was for anything that would help the kids and turn down the volume. But we still don't know how much learning the kids are doing when they're dazzled by lights and noise! Don't you get my point? We don't know! And using the kids here as—as—as guinea pigs—
Jason Whittaker: Guinea pigs?!
Jack Allen: Yes, for what we don't know, it's dangerous! And that's why I'm against the arcade games and what you've done to the Imagination Station.
Jason Whittaker: Okay, okay. Your opinions are duly noted.
Jack Allen: Meaning you haven't heard a word I've said. Oh, Jason...
Mildred Kendall: Silly girl; you're not praying for me. You're praying for you.
Connie Kendall: For me?
Mildred Kendall: Yes. Even as you're praying for God's will to be done in me. You're praying for God's strength in you—strength for whatever happens. That's why I want you to pray.
Jack Allen: The truth is, I think we have the question turned around. Maybe the better question is, all things considered, why don't things like this happen more often?
Connie Kendall: What do you mean?
Jack Allen: Well, it's a fallen world—a crazy world, in fact. We're subject to disease, death, handicaps, and accidents... it's a wonder things aren't worse than they are.
Connie Kendall: Y'know, I've had faith when I've been praying for her to be healed. But it hasn't made a difference.
Jack Allen: Hasn't it? Are you so sure?
Connie Kendall: She's still dying.
Jack Allen: Oh, but for a Christian, isn't dying possibly another kind of healing? I mean, it's not like this world is the be-all and end-all of everything. Sometimes there's a greater healing than we expect. But that's God's business.
Connie Kendall: If it's His business, why do we bother to pray?
Jack Allen: Because He tells us to. If we don't pray, how can we become more in tune with the mind of God—to feel His comfort even if we don't get what we want? Praying is the only way I know how.