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The Midnight Ride

The Midnight Ride

To celebrate Independence Day, we're featuring an Adventures in Odyssey drama. Listen in as John Avery Whitaker shares the story of Paul Revere, his famous ride, and the "shot heard 'round the world."
Original Air Date: July 2, 2021

John Fuller: As we celebrate the Fourth of July, let’s listen in and eavesdrop on the events leading up to the Revolutionary War.

Colonel Conant: Revere!

Revere: Colonel Conant, did you get the signal?

Colonel Conant: Yes, and your mount is ready.

Revere: Ah, fine Larkin horse.

Colonel Conant: You need to know, Revere, that the British soldiers have been patrolling this road and the road to Cambridge all afternoon.

Revere: What?

Colonel Conant: If you think the ride is too treacherous, you needn’t go. No one will fault you for staying.

Revere: Spread the word, Colonel. The British are on the move! Hyeeaahh!!!

Colonel Conant: God be with you, Paul Revere. Up, you patriots! Arise, you minutemen! The British are coming! The British are coming!

John: We’ve got a unique show for you coming up today on Focus on the Family with Jim Daly. Thanks for joining us. I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, I think it’s really important to remember that the Fourth of July holiday, or Independence Day, is about more than barbecues and outdoor fun, although that’s part of it. We’re commemorating the birth of our nation and the men and women who risked their lives to separate from England and set up a government that allowed us religious freedom, among other privileges that are enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Our independence was bought with a price and we often refer to that as we celebrate. So, today, we’ve decided to feature an episode of our Adventures in Odyssey program, which will capture the essence of the American Revolution as seen through the eyes of Paul Revere. And if you’re not familiar with Odyssey, you’re really missing out. It is a great production. It is an amazingly well-crafted radio drama for children of all ages and this year we are celebrating our 1000th episode and I have to admit, I actually miss listening to Odyssey now that the boys are older. Uh, we used to listen almost every single night.

John: Oh, yeah. With a family of eight, we listen to a lot of episodes over the years and (laughs) I’m sure my kids had some Odyssey programs memorized. Now, before we get started, let me mention that we’re offering a free 14-day trial membership for our Adventures in Odyssey club. That gives you access to almost 1000 episodes on-demand any time and there are a lot of other exclusive benefits. Learn about the free trial to the Adventures in Odyssey club at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Okay. Gather ’round and enjoy this episode of Adventures in Odyssey. It’s called The Midnight Ride on Focus on the Family with Jim Daly.

Prerecorded Drama:

Scene One

Marsha: Listen, my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.

Mr. Whitaker: (laughs) Hi, Marsha. What you got there?

Marsha: Oh, hi, Mr. Whitaker. It’s a book of poems.

Mr. Whitaker: Paul Revere’s Ride and Other Selected Verses. Ah. Little Longfellow, ‘eh?

Marsha: Yeah. I really like Paul Revere’s Ride.

Mr. Whitaker: Oh, it’s a great poem. One of the epics of American literature. Too bad it’s not very accurate.

Marsha: Huh?

Mr. Whitaker: Well, for the most part, the poem was okay. But, there’re a couple of big mistakes. And there’s a whole lot more to the story than what Longfellow describes. And, to Paul Revere’s life, for that matter.

Marsha: Really?

Mr. Whitaker: Sure. Revere’s best known for his midnight ride but, he did lots of other things to help the Revolution. Did you know he was part of the Boston Tea Party?

Marsha: He was?

Mr. Whitaker: Yep. Boston Harbor, 1773. Revere, John Hancock, Sam Adams, and other patriots had been upset for months about taxation without representation and those three ships filled with tea sitting in the harbor were like burs under their saddles. So, on a cold December night, they decided to do something about it.

Revere: Get ready, boys. We’re almost there.

Charlie: Paul, do you think I got enough red paint on?

Revere: Don’t worry, Charlie. You look as Indian as they come. Now, remember, we’re just after the tea. Nothing else has to be disturbed, got it?

Charlie: Yeah. We got it.

The deck looks clear, Paul.

Revere: All right, boys. Up the sides with you. Let’s strike a blow for freedom. Over the sides with it. Let’s turn Boston Harbor into one giant teapot.

Mr. Whitaker: They worked throughout the night, tossing box after box of tea into the icy water as hundreds of people watched silently from the shore.

Marsha: Silently?

Mr. Whitaker: Yep. No one said a word. Even though the patriots made noise, they were well-behaved. They knew exactly what they were after and that’s what they got. In fact, when they finished, you know what they did?

Marsha: What?

Revere: All right boys, in line. Brooms ready. Clean up the deck.

Marsha: They swept the ships?

Mr. Whitaker: That’s right. Cleaned ’em spic and span. Then they filed onto their boats and rowed back to the harbor.

Marsha: Unbelievable.

Mr. Whitaker: They made their point. The colonists weren’t going to stand for abuse from England any longer.

Marsha: What happened to Paul Revere?

Mr. Whitaker: Oh, he went immediately to New York and Philadelphia to spread the news of this bold act of Boston patriots.

Marsha: After all that work?

Mr. Whitaker: Uh-huh. Well, that’s another thing about Paul Revere. We tend to think he took only one ride. But the truth is, he took several.

Marsha: What about the most famous ride?

Mr. Whitaker: That happened in and around Boston almost two years later in 1775. One of the patriots’ favorite gathering places was the Green Dragon Tavern and it was there on a warm afternoon in April that Paul Revere met with Dr. Joseph Warren, a man who had written some scathing pamphlets against the British.

Scene Two

Dr. Warren: Revere! Revere!

Revere: Warren! Have you gone mad appearing in public this way? You know what the British will do to you.

Dr. Warren: Oh, I wish they would try to arrest me. I say let the Revolution begin instead of both sides pussyfooting around as we’ve been doing.

Revere: War will come soon enough without us urging it on.

Dr. Warren: You’re more right than you know, Revere. That’s why I wanted to see you.

Revere: What’s happening?

Dr. Warren: Informants have brought word all day that British troops are marshaling, preparing for a march.

Revere: A march to where?

Dr. Warren: Well, we don’t know, but it’s likely they know about the arms stored at Concord and are planning to capture them.

Revere: And John Hancock and Sam Adams in Lexington along the way, no doubt.

Dr. Warren: Mm, if Concord is the objective, the immediate concerns are when the British plan to invade and how they’ll get there. By land or across the Charles River.

Revere: If it’s across the river, the people on the shore at Charleston will have very little warning.

Dr. Warren: Yes. We need some sort of signal.

Revere: Lanterns.

Dr. Warren: Lanterns?

Revere: Yes. Hanging in the tower of Christ Church. One if the Brits march by land, and two if they come by sea.

Marsha: Hold it. According to the poem, the lanterns were hung in the North Church. Not Christ Church.

Mr. Whitaker: That was Longfellow’s first mistake. See, the Old North Church couldn’t have been used. Its spire is too stumpy and Copp’s Hill lies between it and the shore. The lights would have never been seen in Charleston.

Marsha: Well, I’m glad he got the one if by land, two if by sea part right.

Mr. Whitaker: That he did. And Dr. Warren liked it, too.

Dr. Warren: An excellent plan. But, I’m afraid it means you’re going to have to take another journey, my friend.

Revere: Let me guess, across the river?

Dr. Warren: Mm-hmm. Inform Colonel Conant of the signal, then ride on to Concord and tell them to hide the supply of armaments. War could come any day. We must be ready.

Revere: I’ll leave at once.

Dr. Warren: Return as fast as you can, Revere. And do be careful.

Revere: I shall, my friend. I shall.

Scene Three

Marsha: So, Paul Revere actually rode to Lexington and Concord before he rode to Lexington and Concord.

Mr. Whitaker: Right. That’s why he knew the route so well. But, he got back to Boston in plenty of time for the fireworks that followed.

Marsha: How did the patriots finally find out that Concord was the target?

Mr. Whitaker: Well, it was due to the alertness of a young stableboy at the Province House, a popular gathering place for British officers.

Newt: Easy now. Oh, you’re real beauties, aren’t you? Yes, here’s a nice pail of oats. Too bad you belong to those lobster backs. All right, my lovely. Stay quiet now. Let’s see what they have for me today.

Soldier #1: There’ll be that devil to pay by these Yankees, that’s for certain.

Soldier #2: Oh, indeed. If we can make sure no one gets through to warn them. Boy.

Soldier #1: You don’t think they’ll actually fight back, do you?

Solider #2: Oh, these cursed rebels taking up arms against His Majesty’s troops? (laughs) Don’t be silly. Where is that lazy lad? Boy.

Soldier #1: When does the operation begin?

Soldier #2: Tonight. After dark. Grenadiers and light infantry under Colonel Smith and Major Pitcairn will cross the Charles at the common and then march up to Lexington. (laughs)

Soldier #1: Goodbye Adams and Hancock, what?

Soldier #2: (laughs) Quite. Quite. And then it’s on to the arms they’re hiding at Concord. Where is that boy?

Soldier #1: Listen. No wonder he didn’t answer. He’s asleep.

Soldier #2: Why, here. All right you, on your feet.

Newt: Don’t, don’t hurt me. Huh. Don’t hurt me, sir.

Soldier #1: What do you mean, taking a kip when you should be working, boy?

Newt: I’m sorry, sir. I was only going to lay down for a few minutes. I guess I fell asleep. Please don’t tell my master. He’ll beat me.

Soldier #2: Sleeping, ‘eh? You wouldn’t have been listening to our conversation, would you?

Newt: Listening? With the way I snore? No, sir. But I’ve got your horses all ready for you. See, nice and brushed. Saddles all polished. Fine mounts for two of His Majesty’s soldiers.

Soldier #2: You’re loyal to His Majesty?

Newt: Oh, yes, sir. Long live King George.

Soldier #2: Well, see to it you stay that way.

Soldier #1: And no more sleeping on the job, or we will inform your master.

Newt: Right, sir. Oh, let me help you up. Thank you, sir. Both of you. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you for the information, too. I’m sure Dr. Warren will be very happy to hear it.

Scene Four

Newt: They’re crossing the river at the Commons, Dr. Warren.

Dr. Warren: When?

Newt: Tonight. Then they head straight for Concord.

Dr. Warren: Time to test your signal, ‘eh Revere?

Revere: Hm, did they say anything else, Newt?

Newt: No, sir. Except that they’re going to try to stop any messengers from getting through.

Dr. Warren: Oh, you’ve done a fine job, Newt. Go to the kitchen and get something to eat.

Newt: Yes, sir. Thank you Dr. Warren.

Revere: We must get word to Concord.

Dr. Warren: I’ve already dispatched William Dawes by the overland route.

Revere: Overland? But that will add hours to his trip.

Dr. Warren: I know. But, your boat is still moored at the river, isn’t it?

Revere: Well, yes. But, why?

Dr. Warren: Ah, you’d be right under the nose of the British.

Revere: Again. But, I’m ready.

Dr. Warren: Who will light the lanterns?

Revere: A young friend of mine, Robert Newman. His brother’s the church organist, so Robert has free access to the tower.

Dr. Warren: Excellent. Now, you must take great care crossing the river. The Somerset is lying at anchor in the harbor, ready to blast anyone who should try to pass.

Revere: Don’t worry, Joseph. I learned my lesson a few months back at Castle Island. I’ll be quiet.

Dr. Warren: Paul, I want-

Revere: No. No goodbyes, my friend. When will you leave?

Dr. Warren: Soon. I must stay and gather as much information as I can.

Revere: I implore you once again not to risk yourself. The cause needs you.

Dr. Warren: The cause also needs information. Do not concern yourself over my peril, my friend. You face enough of your own. The British will not hesitate to shoot a man caught exciting armed revolt.

Revere: Yes.

Dr. Warren: God speed, Paul. You are a true son of liberty.

Scene Five

Mr. Whitaker: Revere raced to Christ Church and sent Robert Newman up the tower.

Revere: Two lanterns, Robert. The British go by sea.

Mr. Whitaker: Then hurried home to put on his riding boots and surtout.

Marsha: Surtout? What’s that?

Mr. Whitaker: A riding coat.

Marsha: Oh, like the one he wears in the paintings.

Mr. Whitaker: Right. And he hurriedly kissed his wife goodbye and left, meeting two friends, Thomas Richardson and Joshua Bentley outside.

They made their way to the river. Revere was moving so fast he forgot to close the door and his dog got out and followed him. And that wasn’t the only thing he forgot.

Revere: Thunderation.

Thomas: What is it?

Revere: Oh, I’ve forgotten my spurs, Thomas. How’ll I ride without my spurs?

Joshua: I believe we have a more immediate problem.

Revere: And that is?

Joshua: We’ll have to row by the Somerset. The creaking of our oars will surely give us away.

Revere: Blast. That’s another thing I forgot. I was going to bring a cloth to muffle them.

Thomas: Well, I don’t know about the spurs, but I think I can help us with the cloth.

Girl: Thomas, what are you doing? My parents are downstairs.

Thomas: Necessary, love. We’re about to take some cargo across the river and we need a heavy cloth to keep our squeaky oars from giving us away.

Girl: What sort of cargo?

Thomas: Paul Revere.

Girl: Revere? Why didn’t you say so? Wait a minute.

Thomas: Come on, love. We don’t have much time.

Girl: Here you go. And do be careful.

Thomas: Ah, thanks darling. We will. Your cloth, Revere.

Revere: Your intended?

Thomas: Um, just a friend.

Revere: This is a petticoat.

Thomas: Well, what do you know about that (laughs)?

Joshua: We have the cloth, but what of the spurs?

Revere: Hm, I have an idea. Come here boy.

Marsha: Wait a minute. You’re not going to tell me Revere sent his dog back for the spurs?

Mr. Whitaker: Yep. He wrote a note, put it in the dog’s collar and sent him home.

Marsha: How accurate is that?

Mr. Whitaker: Well, I don’t know but it is the story Revere told his own children. And apparently the dog performed beautifully, for Revere and his companion soon took off in the rowboat.

Revere: If we’d only had petticoats while patrolling Castle Island we might not have gotten arrested.

Joshua: Look, the signal light.

Thomas: Wait, they didn’t stay on long. Just enough to warn the folks at Charleston.

Marsha: Hold it. I thought the signal was to alert Revere, not the people.

Mr. Whitaker: Nope.

Marsha: But Longfellow even says it here in his poem. See? Right here. One if by land, two if by sea, and I on the opposite shore will be. Ready to ride and spread the alarm, to every Middlesex village and farm.

Mr. Whitaker: That’s probably the biggest fallacy in the whole Paul Revere story. Anyway, the signal worked beautifully. The people of Charleston got the message loud and clear. But, Revere and his companions did have a concern.

Joshua: You think the Somerset saw the signal?

Revere: We’re about to find out. Strike oars. We’ll let momentum carry us past the ship. Quiet lads.

Soldier #3: Hey! Hey, Reg, did you see that?

Soldier #4: See what?

Soldier #3: Well, that church over there. Two lights just flickered on and off in the steeple.

Soldier #4: They’re probably some sort of signal to warn the rebels, ‘eh? (laughs)

Soldier #3: (laughs) You think so? Maybe we should tell somebody.

Soldier #4: Oh, tell who? And why? Not even these Yanks would be barmy enough to try anything against the king’s army. Hey, barmy, army (laughs). I just made a rhyme, ‘eh (laughs).

Revere: Providence is smiling on us, gents. Row. Quickly.

Scene Six

Colonel Conant: Revere.

Revere: Colonel Conant. Did you get the signal?

Colonel Conant: Yes, and your mount is ready.

Revere: Ah, a fine Larkin horse.

Colonel Conant: You need to know, Revere, that the British soldiers have been patrolling this road and the road to Cambridge all afternoon.

Revere: What?

Colonel Conant: If you think the ride is too treacherous, you needn’t go. No one will fault you for staying.

Revere: Spread the word, Colonel. The British are on the move. Ha.

Colonel Conant: God be with you, Paul Revere. Up you patriots. Arise, you minutemen. The British are coming! The British are coming!

John: This is a special Independence Day episode of Focus on the Family with Jim Daly and we’re offering a free 14-day trial membership to our Adventures in Odyssey club which gives you online on-demand access to almost the entire library of Adventures in Odyssey. Nearly 1000 episodes. Find out more at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. All right. Let’s go ahead and join John Avery Whitaker as he continues the story on today’s Focus on the Family with Jim Daly.

Scene Seven

Mr. Whitaker: So through the night rode Paul Revere. And through the night went his cry of alarm to every Middlesex village and farm. A cry of defiance and not of fear. A voice in the darkness. A knock at the door. And a word that shall echo forever more. Revere made it through the British blockades to warn the whole countryside. Minutemen were awakened. Bells began to peel. Pots and pans began to clang. And dogs began to bark. Finally, Revere arrived at the Clark House in Lexington.

Revere: Adams! Hancock! Adams! Hancock!

Sergeant: Sir, sir, sir. Please.

Revere: Are you the keeper of this house?

Sergeant: I am the Sergeant-at-Arms.

Revere: Are Adams and Hancock here?

Sergeant: Yes, sir. But I must ask you to lower your voice.

Revere: Lower my voice?

Sergeant: Yes, sir. Please. The ladies and gentlemen within have gone to bed and do not wish to be disturbed by any noise this night.

Revere: Noise? Noise? You’ll have enough noise before long. The regulars are out. Let me by. Hancock. Adams.

John Hancock: What in blazes is going on here?

Revere: Hancock. Adams.

Sam Adams: Revere?

Revere: Yes, it’s me. The regulars are out. The British are coming.

Sam Adams: Well, at last. It begins.

Revere: You must both leave for safety at once.

John Hancock: Safety? Not while there’s a breath left in my body. Bring me my sword.

Sam Adams: Hancock. We’ve been over this 1000 times. You cannot go into battle. You’re too valuable to us elsewhere.

John Hancock: I shall go into battle and none shall say me, “Nay.” Where’s my gun and my boots?

Sam Adams: Oh, my. Uh, Sergeant, bring food and drink for Revere while I try to talk some sense into Hancock. John!

Marsha: That must’ve been some argument.

Mr. Whitaker: Yes. But, Revere only heard part of it. While he was eating, Billy Dawes arrived from the overland route and the two of them joined by a third rider, a Dr. Prescott, took off for Concord.

Marsha: So three riders were at Concord?

Mr. Whitaker: Well, not exactly. Three started out, but about halfway there they were spotted by several British soldiers on horseback. The three tried to make a break for it. Prescott managed to get by and sped on to Concord. Dawes’ horse upended him and he scampered to safety in the thick woods.

Marsha: What about Revere?

Mr. Whitaker: He was caught.

Soldier #2: Blast you, sir. Stop. Stop. If you move an inch further, you’re a dead man.

Revere: Oh, what do you want of me?

Soldier #2: Keep your horse reigned or I swear I shall shoot you.

Revere: He is reigned. But it’s a wonder he’s not scared out of his wits by your ambush of an honest man.

Soldier #1: Dismount, sir. Now.

Revere: I ask again, what do you want of me?

Soldier #2: Where did you come from, sir?

Revere: From Boston.

Soldier #1: Boston? What time did you leave there?

Revere: Oh, 11:00.

Soldier #2: 11:00? Sir, may I crave your name?

Revere: Revere.

Soldier #2: What? Paul Revere?

Revere: Correct.

Soldier #1: Oh, lovely. We only got ourselves the most famous messenger in the colonies here.

Revere: You’re going to miss your mark, you know?

Soldier #2: What?

Revere: Your mark. You’re going to miss it.

Soldier #2: I don’t know what you’re talking about. We’re here after deserters.

Revere: I know what you’re here for and you’re not going to get it.

Soldier #1: Well, then perhaps you better come back with us and tell our Colonel what you know. Get on your horse. Grab his reigns.

Revere: There’s no need. I shan’t run.

Soldier #2: See that you don’t. Because if you do, or we’re insulted in any way, I will not hesitate to use this pistol. Now, get moving.

Mr. Whitaker: They rode for about half a mile in silence. Suddenly, all around them, bells began to peel, pots and pans clanged together, and shouts were heard.

Soldier #1: Well what’s all that noise about?

Revere: To warn the countryside. You see, you’re too late.

Soldier #1: What should we do?

Soldier #2: Uh, we’ve got to get back to the Colonel.

Soldier #1: What about him?

Soldier #2: Eh, let him go.

Soldier #1: Let him what? We can’t.

Soldier #2: The country’s been warned. He can do no more harm to us now. Take his horse and let’s go. Get off, Revere. We’ll see who’s too late. Enjoy your walk back to your friends.

Scene Eight

Mr. Whitaker: Revere made his way back to Lexington, arriving at the Clark House just as the sun peaked over the green hills. There was a great commotion on the green as the minutemen rushed to take their positions against the British soldiers. John Hancock was still bellowing about joining them.

John Hancock: I am not afraid to cast my lot with those brave farm boys.

Sam Adams: John, don’t be foolish. We’ve been elected delegates to the Continental Congress. Our duties lie elsewhere.

Revere: He’s right, Hancock.

Sam Adams: Revere. What are you doing back here?

Revere: I was stopped by a British patrol. I took my horse and hightailed it back of their regiment. They will not hesitate to take you and possible kill you. Both of you. You must leave at once.

John Hancock: Very well. Boy, bring the carriage around.

Boy: Yes, sir.

John Hancock: Wait.

Sam Adams: What is it now?

John Hancock: My papers. I left a trunkful of important papers at Buckman’s Tavern across the green. It must not fall into British hands.

Sam Adams: John, there is no time.

John Hancock: Sam, you asked me to leave those who are fighting for freedom because of my importance to the Continental Congress. Well, those papers are what make me important. I cannot leave them behind. Please.

Revere: If they’re that vital, I’ll retrieve them.

John Hancock: Revere, but you-

Revere: I’ve already been arrested and released. They’re not interested in me. I’ll deliver the trunk to you outside of town. Now, go.

Mr. Whitaker: Hancock finally agreed and sent his clerk, Lowell, with Revere. They ran to Buckman’s tavern, retrieved the trunk and made their way across the green. Halfway back, Revere looked around. What he saw startled him. To his right, perhaps 70 minutemen under the command of Captain Jonas Parker held a ragged line at the edge of the green. To his left, 600 British light infantry and grenadiers under the command of Major Pitcairn stood in picture perfect rows. Each commander barked out orders.

Captain Jonas Parker: Let the Brits pass by, lads. We’ll not molest them unless they begin first.

Major John Pitcairn: Disburse, you rebels. You villains, disburse. Lay down your arms.

Captain Jonas Parker: Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.

Mr. Whitaker: Revere and Lowell continued on with their load, each silently praying that both armies would back away. And suddenly, just as they cleared the field.

Revere: Dear heaven.

Lowell: Who, who fired it?

Revere: I don’t know. I couldn’t see.

Commander: Form line!

Lowell: Dear heaven.

Commander: Set!

Lowell: No!

Commander: Fire!

Lowell: Captain Parker!

Revere: Stay where you are, Lowell.

Lowell: But, sir.

Revere: We have a job to do, lad. Now let’s go.

Lowell: Yes, sir.

Revere: And so, the war begins.

Marsha: Wow. Paul Revere was there from the start.

Mr. Whitaker: He was. He witnessed the shot heard around the world. A shot that rang out for liberty.

Marsha: What a brave man.

Mr. Whitaker: Yes he was, because he lived in a time of bravery. But you know, his time really wasn’t so unlike ours. And he really wasn’t any more brave than we are. He simply had a task to do and he did it. Our task is to make sure Paul Revere’s midnight ride is remembered and that what he rode for, liberty, is preserved.

The End

John: Hm, some great thoughts from John Avery Whitaker, the father figure, uh, everybody looks up to in the fictional town of Odyssey.

And today on Focus on the Family with Jim Daly it’s especially appropriate to remember the importance of bravery and, uh, simply stepping out in faith to help someone else when the time is right. Uh, Jim, it really has been fun to, uh, hear more about Paul Revere’s life on this special broadcast to commemorate America’s Independence Day.

Jim: Well, this has been a phenomenal way to be reminded of our heritage and we should also remember the thousands of military heroes who are defending our nation right now and I hope you’ll say thank you to a man or woman you see in uniform today. They’re sacrificing so much including time with family to serve our country and that’s a true hero. And I’d like to say thank you to our Adventures in Odyssey fans. You are an amazing group of Focus on the Family supporters. As we said at the start of the show, we are celebrating 1000 episodes (laughs)-

John: (laughs).

Jim: … Of Odyssey and here’s a fun fact. It would take more than 16 days to listen to all the episodes back to back.

John: Oh, my goodness.

Jim: I guess it’s binge listening.

John: That is a lot of content.

Jim: It is. It is. And here’s a comment we received from a grateful dad. He said, “Long family trips can often be challenging (laughs), especially when children are involved.” Amen, brother. “This is why I’m thankful for Adventures in Odyssey. On more than one occasion, your episodes kept our family occupied, sometimes for hours on end as we traveled. Of course these stories were more than just time killers. Our children learned biblical principles through a dynamic virtual world featuring complex characters. We never had to worry about the language, subtext, or agenda as the gang from Odyssey tackled problems with humor and Godly wisdom. As an added bonus, the life lessons they experienced reinforced the principles my wife and I were teaching. Thank you so much for this great resource.” And that truly is, uh, what we are aiming for. Uh, Tracy, a mom, wrote us this, “We work in Tanzania with Wycliffe, Bible translators. Adventures in Odyssey has been a part of our family for many years and that familiarity comforts our sons as we travel. My 12-year-old listens to Odyssey at bedtime and he loves the Adventures in Odyssey club. There’s so many episodes that we haven’t even heard them all. Thank you, Focus, for this great entertainment that reinforces biblical values and points our boys to God’s truth.”

John: Mm, that’s… Those are some great comments and, uh, she referenced the Adventures in Odyssey club and that is a great way to gain access to the entire library going back to the very earliest episodes.

Jim: It is. And right now we’re offering a free 14-day trial membership to the club. It’s kind of like chocolate. Once you try it, you’re going to want it (laughs).

John: (laughs).

Jim: You’ll get access to almost all of our 1000 episodes, 25 minutes each. Plus, other exclusive benefits, so get in touch with us today.

John: You’ll find all the details to start your adventure in Odyssey through the club at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Next time, join us to learn how adventure can strengthen the relationship you have with your child.

Greta Eskridge: Sometimes our kids are not so ready to talk about those deep things when we’re sitting face to face and they feel a certain pressure. But, when you’re just walking side by side and you are engaged with God’s creation, your heart is open and it just allows for conversation.

John: On behalf of our entire team, thanks for listening to Focus on the Family with Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller, inviting you back as we once again help you and your family thrive in Christ.

 

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The Adventures in Odyssey Club helps the whole family grow closer to Jesus and to each other. Club membership includes unlimited, on-demand, streaming access to nearly 1,000 Adventures in Odyssey episodes—plus daily devotions, fun videos, faith-building activities and more! Join today and give your kids a virtual home away from home.

Recent Episodes

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Practical Ways to Celebrate Your Marriage

Jay and Laura Laffoon laugh their way through a conversation on practical ways to celebrate your marriage. This couple of over thirty-nine years talks about how to enjoy your spouse by improving your day-to-day habits and attitudes. Work, parenting, and the realities of life can keep couples from taking the time to invest in each other, so Jay and Laura advise couples about how to be intentional and connect more deeply.

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Moms and Anger: Understanding Your Triggers (Part 2 of 2)

Amber Lia and Wendy Speake discuss common external and internal triggers that can make mothers angry. They share their journeys overcoming their own triggers, like when their children disobey and complain, and when they have to deal with exhaustion. Our guests offer encouragement to moms and explain how they can prepare to handle their triggers in a healthier way. (Part 2 of 2)

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Moms and Anger: Understanding Your Triggers (Part 1 of 2)

Amber Lia and Wendy Speake discuss common external and internal triggers that can make mothers angry. They share their journeys overcoming their own triggers, like when their children disobey and complain, and when they have to deal with exhaustion. Our guests offer encouragement to moms and explain how they can prepare to handle their triggers in a healthier way. (Part 1 of 2)

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A Legacy of Music and Trusting the Lord

Larnelle Harris shares stories about how God redeemed the dysfunctional past of his parents, the many African-American teachers who sacrificed their time and energy to give young men like himself a better future, and how his faithfulness to godly principles gave him greater opportunities and career success than anything else.

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Accepting Your Imperfect Life

Amy Carroll shares how her perfectionism led to her being discontent in her marriage for over a decade, how she learned to find value in who Christ is, not in what she does, and practical ways everyone can accept the messiness of marriage and of life.