Forever… Amen

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#241: “Forever… Amen”
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17: On Earth as It Is in Heaven
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13Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.14Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

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Forever… Amen
“Forever… Amen” is episode #241 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on July 31, 1993.

Summary

Youngster Danny Schmidt wonders about death and eternity when his mother's unborn baby dies as a result of miscarriage.

Plot

Danny Schmidt is excited. His mom is going to have a baby, and the Schmidts already know it will be a boy named Billy! Dr. Morton tells them that the ultrasound is occasionally wrong, but Danny and his father have made up their minds. Danny can’t wait for Billy to arrive, Danny will be the best big brother ever. But his excitement turns into apprehension when he talks to Harvey. Harvey informs Danny that having a little brother is probably the worst thing that could happen to him.

“You’ll have to give up all your privileges,” Harvey says, “and you’ll even have to do the ‘s’ word, share! Before, you were special. Now, you’re just one of the herd.”

Danny doesn’t like the sound of that at all, and he secretly wishes that Billy won’t come. Just then, Danny’s mother nearly collapses in pain. They rush her to the hospital, where she later loses the baby.

Danny believes it’s his fault. Whit takes Danny home with him. That evening, Danny has a nightmare that his parents will hate him when they find out about his terrible wish. Whit comforts Danny. They pray that Jesus will help Danny see that he’s not responsible for the loss of the baby, and that no one will hate him for his wish. And Jesus does comfort Danny, in a way that he, and even Whit, would never have imagined.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Was Harvey right about how Danny’s life would change once his little brother arrived?
    • Explain.
  2. Why did Whit want Danny to pray after his bad dream?
  3. Can wishes come true?
    • Is it good or bad to wish for things?
    • Explain your answers.

Cast

Role Voice Actor
Billie Schmidt Courtney Sinclair
Danny Schmidt Danny Schmittler
Harvey Casey Carmichael
Harvey's mother Unknown
Jesus Christ Brad McMurray
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Laura Schmidt Pamela McIntosh
Doc Morton Diane Michelle
Steven Schmidt Brad McMurray


Notes

Trivia
  • It's a possibility that this episode's plot element of Danny Schmidt meeting his younger sibling after she died was taken from the Frank Peretti story "Tilly."
  • The plot of this episode is similar to that of #608: “Run-of-the-Mill Miracle”. Both episodes feature Whit taking a young boy (Danny in this case, Grady McKay in the other) under his wing after the boy's family makes an emergency trip to the hospital to tend to the boy's sister. Both episodes also explore the concepts of prayer and the supernatural in response to tragedy.
  • This episode was used in a series Focus on the Family did on the sanctity of human life.
  • To fill time at the end of this episode, a featurette was included that featured Chris and Harlow interviewing fans.
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Harvey: First off you'll have to give up all your privileges.
Danny Schmidt: Privileges?
Harvey: You know. Special stuff. Like staying up late, or playing over at a friends house.
Danny Schmidt: Well, that's not so bad.
Harvey: That's only the beginning. Wait until you have to do the "s" word: share!