Shanna sat on the edge of her bed with her arms resting on her legs,
her head drooped down in deep thought, staring at the diamond
pattern of her bedroom carpet.

Being offered the new position that she had applied for in the city,
was making her a little apprehensive. She wasn't sure about leaving
the only place she had ever known as home.
She had been on her own since her parents were killed in a plane
crash several years back.

What she dreaded most, was the thought of leaving Wildheart, her
beloved pony. Shanna gave her that name because she loved running
wild and free along their property, which spanned for many miles.

Shanna was present at Wildhearts birth, and they bonded almost
Immeditally. One might say that Shanna and Wildheart grew up
together as "Best Friends" spending hours together galloping along
the country side. Yes.... They had a special love and respect for
each other. Shanna knew she would miss their long rides, and
closeness as they shared the wonders of nature.

After considering everything, Shanna felt she should accept the
job. She made a decision to keep her home and hire someone to
tend to Wildheart. After all she could come back on week-ends to
check the house and visit with her beloved Wildheart.

It was Sunday, the day before leaving for the city and her new
job. Shanna decided to take Wildheart for a long ride, and savor
the memory. As they trotted along, Shanna leaned forward, and
spoke softly, telling Wildheart how she was going away, and how
she would miss her very much, and that she would come back to
see her often.

It seemed her beloved pony understood every word she spoke. Her
stride was so confident, Shana could sense the contentment in her.
Wildheart held her head high as she trotted along. A beautiful
sight as she carried her beloved mistress through the fields. They
were as wild and free as the breeze....
Shanna was immensely happy that she afforded this time, before
saying goodby to Wildheart. As they came to a clearing Shanna
decided to stop and enjoy the serene beauty of the day.

There was a stream nearby where Shanna sometimes would stop and
refresh herself, while Wildheart would enjoy a cool drink of water.
As Wildheart was drinking, Shanna was preparing to sit awhile, and
enjoy the beautiful scenery, Just then, Shanna heard a sound that
brought panic to her heart immediately!

To the right of Shanna was a Rattlesnake. Wildheart had heard it
also! Shanna froze, and told Wildheart to stay still!

As the rattler slithered closer, Wildheart reared high on her hind
legs, and began to circle around Shanna to keep her protected.
Shanna was mortified, when she found her voice she called
"Wildheart, Wildheart, No, Noooooo!" Shanna's cried did not stop
her. She would protect her mistress with her life. She sensed the
danger that surrounded Shanna.

All of a sudden the Rattler struck. Shanna screamed, while Wildheart
kept trampling the snake. She picked it up in her mouth and bit and
tossed and trompled it till it was dead. But it had struck Wildheart
repeatedly, till it had released all it's venom.

Shanna's mind was whirling as she kept repeating "Oh, No! Oh! Oh
No! Not my Wildheart!" Shanna tore the scarf from her neck, and
hurridly went to the stream and doused it into the water.

Running back to her beloved horse, she wiped Wildheart's eyes with
the wet scarf, and tried to wring water into her quivering mouth.

Wildheart tried getting up several times, and Shanna kept trying to
calm her. Talking soothingly and looking into her eyes. Shanna told
her how brave she was, to have fought the snake to save her life,
and how she would always love, and never forget her brave and
loving Wildheart.

Slowly Wildheart settled, as if accepting her fate, and Shanna sat
sobbing, and hugging her dear friend who was so quickly taken from
her with the poison venom from the rattlers fangs! Her wonderful,
beautiful, and free spirited Wildheart ~~~~ Was gone!


Who had so much love for Shanna, had so freely given her life, so
that her beloved mistress would be saved from death.....

How Great the Love of Wildheart!

Judith Johnson Kypta
© 2004



Judie's Website


This little story reminds me of another situation where a Life was
given to save someone. I am speaking of Jesus who gave His life for
everyone thats ever lived or ever will live.
He was the Perfect Sacrifice, that God demanded, as payment for
our sins!

The scriptures say that He gave His life willingly for us..

John 3:15~18

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have eternal life. For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the

world to condemn the world; but that the world
through him might be saved. He that believeth on
him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is
condemned already, because he hath not believed in
the name of the only begotten
Son of God.

John 10: 17 and 18 the bible says,

Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay
down my life, that I might take it again. No man
taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.
I have power to lay it down, and I have power to
take it again. This commandment have I received
of my Father.
So we see that He gave His life FREELY!

And again in

John 15:13 Jesus said,

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man
lay down his life for his friends.

I would say He loves us more than we can
imagine...He went to the cross willingly for
you, and for me...Yes thats what this
story reminds me of...A Life that was given
for another, because of His great Love...
















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