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Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 7 Devotional: No Time for Goodbye

October 29th, 2009

After you’ve heard “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 7,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard Part 7, check out the Media Player starting October 31. You can also find a station in your area.)

Hear a preview of Part 7:

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By Elizabeth Goldsmith

When I was growing up, I loved visiting my grandparents. There was one holiday that we tried not to miss: Thanksgiving. It was extra special because it doubled as my birthday celebration. I have many wonderful memories of those Thanksgivings, as the turkey and pumpkin pie were supplemented by birthday cake and balloons. All of that came to a halt one June morning. A few months after one of our visits, my grandpa passed away suddenly.

Saying goodbye to someone you love is never easy. Even though we know that this life is only temporary, and that eternal life with Jesus will be wonderful and joy-filled, losing a relative or friend still hurts. And usually, it’s completely unexpected and we don’t have the chance to say everything we wanted to say! I didn’t know that the Thanksgiving of my seventeenth birthday would be the last time I saw my grandpa. I was happy that my last time with my grandpa was filled with joy. But there were still a few things that I wished I could say to him if I could see him one last time.

In Darien’s Rise, Anna didn’t know that, when she left the Old Judge’s cottage, she wouldn’t see him again. He died suddenly and without warning, and she was deeply affected by his death.

We all know that life is temporary, but it’s easy to forget that. It should be a motivation not to put off the important things, like telling people how much you care about them and how much Jesus cares about them. We can’t assume that we’ll always have time later to do and say those things. Don’t wait for a better opportunity. Do it today!

What simple things can you do for the people in your life to show that you care, and to tell them about Jesus? Let us know in the comments section below.

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62 Comments on “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 7 Devotional: No Time for Goodbye”

  • esther on October 29th, 2009 - 6:44pm


    sounds cool

  • jayla on October 29th, 2009 - 7:02pm


    it’s great it’s cool i love it i wondor if im the first !

  • CHELS! on October 30th, 2009 - 12:42pm


    Wow Odyssey this is a riske topic, and I’m not going to lie, scary. No one likes the idea that at any moment they could lose someone very special. I wish I could say that whenever I think something good about someone I go right away and tell them, but I don’t. I know I should but it feels awkward doing it. Than again, when does God ever call us to do something easy and within our comfort zone.
    Just some thoughts…

  • jazmyne on October 30th, 2009 - 1:01pm


    i have not heard part 7 yet but by listening to the others i know its going to be realy good

  • Q94 Radio on October 30th, 2009 - 1:51pm


    (Raises one eyebrow in a Eugene-like way) Interesting.

  • connie on October 30th, 2009 - 3:17pm


    Darian’s rise has totilly changed my life I love it like nuts!

  • jess on October 30th, 2009 - 4:13pm


    I am the first to the fifteenth to post. (If I m not the Fifteenth tell me)

  • aio fan on October 30th, 2009 - 4:30pm


    were almost done with Passages! hurray!

  • aio fan on October 30th, 2009 - 4:36pm


    heres a simple thing to do to tell others that you care, paste notes that say i love you and Jesus loves you on your on your moms, dads, grandparents, sisters and brothers computers or desks to show them that you care. just a idea but you can try and see if it works. :)

  • aio fan on October 30th, 2009 - 4:37pm


    all right! i’m the first to post a comment! :)

  • aio fan on October 30th, 2009 - 5:06pm


    oops!!! looks like I’m the 5th to post a comment. sorry!

  • Odyssey fan on October 30th, 2009 - 9:01pm


    Wow, this devotional is heavy. When I read this I remembered how the year after my dad moved out it was really hard, which is similar to the writers story of her grandpa dying. Its hard when things change but it always seems to turn out great later.

  • Anonymous on October 30th, 2009 - 10:49pm


    i think passages is the most cool show !

  • maddie mag on October 31st, 2009 - 9:02am


    im the 6th to post a comment!

  • lydia on October 31st, 2009 - 10:49am


    My Grandma went to heaven just a little while ago and I was in a state of shock. I remembered when she was at my house she was lively and bright and in a couple months she is in a coffin. Treasure the people in your life while they are here. Tell them you love them and apperciate them. Tell them about Jesus and ask them were they will go when they die. I am glad my Grandma went to heaven. Oh and another thing. I can’t listen to Passages… the latest one. I press on it and it plays Break a Leg.

  • Rachel on October 31st, 2009 - 7:27pm


    This Oddysee is the coolest! I KNOW relates to the story of David Sual. The writers must based it on that . What do you think?

  • Sam on November 1st, 2009 - 11:25am


    Who’s the other SAM!Our comments are being post together.Is you name Samantha or Samuel?Mine is Samuel.

  • Julie on November 1st, 2009 - 12:59pm


    I haven’t listened to it! Is it good?

  • jess on November 1st, 2009 - 9:44pm


    Aio fan you were the eight to comment.

  • khemenaya on November 1st, 2009 - 10:44pm


    Big fan of AIO . I cant wait for the next Darians Rise. :)

  • mel2 on November 2nd, 2009 - 3:10am


    i cant wait to hear it it’ll awsum

  • Katie on November 2nd, 2009 - 9:22am


    Three years ago, I lost my grandfather, who had lived with us for five years, a couple of days before Thanksgiving. It was really hard that year. It still is, but the Lord is helping me and my family get through this. I was actually the last person to tell him I loved him. For many years he would just say Thank You. But I feel like the Lord blessed me with him being able to tell me that he loved me. If you are going through a time like this, pray and ask the Lord to help you. Thank you.

  • lis on November 2nd, 2009 - 10:26am


    It just let me today (Monday), so don’t worry:) thanks anyway:)

  • horsegirl on November 2nd, 2009 - 1:49pm


    Please play More Passages! They so totally rock and I can not express how much I like this. Keep doing AIO!

  • Bob on November 2nd, 2009 - 1:50pm


    I like Aio. I’m like Eugene.

  • Darien on November 2nd, 2009 - 1:51pm


    Darien’s rise rocks

  • Anne on November 2nd, 2009 - 7:31pm


    I sent in a drawing for the passages contest, does any one know when the results will come in?

  • QDR on November 3rd, 2009 - 1:43pm


    Wow I can’t stand not hearing it I love passages the coler eye thing is the same one with the other time they played passages I wonder ( and hope ) if they are ever going to put in that their is 2 moons in maris

  • abbie M on November 3rd, 2009 - 3:33pm


    Darien’s Rise rox! I listen to it as soon as i get up on Saturday. Once i was really excited and i listened to it as soon as i got up two Saturdays ago at seven o’clock A.M. It is totally awesome. I listen to it over and over and over again all week. Once i listened to Darien’s Rise 6 like six times. The ending is hilarious! Do more AIO!
    Thanx Odyssey!

  • HUSKYGIRL on November 3rd, 2009 - 3:40pm


    Maybe, QDR. It would be cool to hear about the two moons.

  • Beth on November 3rd, 2009 - 4:11pm


    They’ve already mentioned that Marus has two moons. If you remember, back in Part 2, Kyle looks out the window of the train and sees the two moons.

  • andi :) 8) on November 3rd, 2009 - 4:16pm


    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! I JUST LOVE DARIENS RISE ..AND I AGREE WITH ABBEIE M .. i just listen 2 it and listen 2 it and so on and so forth thank you aio u guys are the best and the smartest

    PS. can u put out put more nova com episodes 8) ANDI :)

  • matt on November 3rd, 2009 - 7:15pm


    i can’t wait for it to come out!

  • jazmyne on November 3rd, 2009 - 10:20pm


    its me again i got to hear number 7 it was great i cant wait to hear number 8

  • andi :) 8) on November 4th, 2009 - 1:33am


    hey huskygirl wat does QDR

  • Anne on November 4th, 2009 - 10:00am


    Wow! I was so surprised to see my drawing as one of the finalists! And I was competing with 18 year olds too!

  • aLLISON on November 4th, 2009 - 11:34am


    Dariens rise is so awesome.

  • abbie M on November 4th, 2009 - 12:34pm


    Andi, someone blogged QDR, I was answering a question LOL i was wonderingt too when i saw the name. Oh, and congrats anne. What drawing was it?

  • The Wolf on November 4th, 2009 - 4:58pm


    That’s kinda weird.

  • HUSKYGIRL on November 5th, 2009 - 8:28am



  • Beth on November 5th, 2009 - 9:00am


    Congrats, Anne! Which one was your drawing?

  • abbie M on November 5th, 2009 - 3:07pm


    anna what waz your drawing!!!?????

  • Allison on November 9th, 2009 - 2:12pm


    I was trying to submit a comment on a different podcast and it wouldn’t show up… has this happened to anyone else??

  • abbie M on November 9th, 2009 - 6:56pm


    yay it did allison. Sometimes i blog and doesn’t show up till one or two days.

  • Rebekah on November 9th, 2009 - 9:41pm



  • Rebekah on November 11th, 2009 - 9:32pm



  • james on November 12th, 2009 - 3:28pm



  • MJG10 on November 13th, 2009 - 10:59pm


    I’ve heard the part 8 and it is so cool! I love how odyssey makes bible stories into their own. So cool! Woo-hoo! Go Odyssey!!!!!!!!

  • MJG10 on November 13th, 2009 - 10:59pm


    YO YO DUDES!!! AIO is the best!!!

  • Angela on November 14th, 2009 - 7:59am


    I love adventures in Odessy but I fell asleep during part 9! It doesn’t work on the internet. Can anyone help?!?!?!

  • justin on November 15th, 2009 - 9:41am



  • Allison on November 15th, 2009 - 6:58pm


    oh. thanx for telling me… aio rox

  • mikey on January 10th, 2010 - 4:14pm


    I love Passages, but I can’t get over how Mr. Whit’s voice is differant. What do you guys think?

  • idance4jesus on January 19th, 2010 - 8:07pm


    Angela: A simple solution to your problem is to buy Passages: Darien’s Rise. If you look around you can find a really good price!

  • mael on March 31st, 2010 - 1:57pm


    I like DARIANS RISE.Could you put more mysteries on.

  • DAniel on September 25th, 2010 - 5:54pm


    I wish they would put darien’s rise and the truth chronicles on the web for us to listen. thanks odyssey

  • Carrie on October 26th, 2010 - 5:49pm


    I agree with you Daniel I think they should put Adventures and Odessey online.

  • Yellow on October 18th, 2013 - 7:38pm


    Everyone, thought this was appropriate name for Audrey my friend who died. No time to say good by, it’s true.

    Please type down your feelings towards death and suffering.

  • pink!! on October 24th, 2013 - 9:01am


    @yellow, I’m sorry, I have never lost someone that was that close 2 me.

  • stormshadow on November 1st, 2013 - 3:27pm


    you found me!! i will post the next clue next monday cuz I’m fasting posting for a week (monday to friday) so I’m sry but come back next monday for the next clue

  • stormshadow on November 1st, 2013 - 8:05pm


    okay this clue is a little different the answer is a aio character and go to the character bios in the vault thing then take the first word in the second sentence and type that into the search bar!!

    anyways please let me know if this is boring if so i will stop

  • stormshadow on November 1st, 2013 - 8:07pm


    CLUE: the first character (other than Wooton’s parents) to discover that Wooton draws power boy

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