Wording of this Handout:
As the night came on, she began to shiver. She missed her home, and the fire, and the nice warm bed. Where could she sleep, out here in the mountains?
She looked around, and found a cave. It was just as cold inside the cave, but at least it was a better place to curl up than out in the open.
The next morning, the little girl's father came back. He had a bundle of rabbits over his shoulder, and he was feeling happy.
But suddenly, up ahead, he saws crowd of people, and they were waving to him.
As he came closer, he saw that the people were looking at a great big timber wolf, which lay dead on the ground. There was blood around the wolf's neck, as if it had been in a fierce fight and been killed.
The little girl's father was amazed, because a timber wolf is very strong, and vicious, and difficult to kill.
As the little girl's father came closer, he saw yet another wolf, lying dead on the ground, with blood around it's neck.
"What's all this?" asked the man.
The people explained what happened.
As soon as the little girl had left home, Bruce had picked up her trail and started to follow. On and on he had gone, with his nose to the trail, until night came, and he had caught the scent of the girl, but at the same time, he had also smelled wolves!
Bruce knew that he had to defend the girl, so he fought the wolves, and managed to kill two of them...but they had wounded him badly. He fought bravely until the other wolves ran away, then he lay down, and died.
Bruce gave his life for the little girl.
Today there is a statue at the place where Bruce gave his life. It honors his courage and sacrifice.
And do you know, kids, a far more wonderful thing happened about 2,000 years ago, when Jesus, the Son of God, gave his life for you and me. But instead of wolves, Jesus fought against sin, and instead of a statue to remember him by, there is a cross.