But this arrangement did not last long. The city’s citizens couldn’t buy enough cows to satisfy the dragon’s appetite and the shortage made the price of cows for hundreds of kilometers around spike higher.
"We can’t afford this."
"Then feed me your children- I’ll just have one a week."
In great grief, the city reluctantly agreed. The citizens decided that the fairest way to decide which child should be sacrificed each week was to draw lots.
Each Monday all the families would meet in the city center and wait while the king drew the lots. Then the grief-stricken family whose child had been selected would lead that child to the bottom of the hill of the dragon’s lair and tie their child to a rock. Some brave parents would wait with their weeping children, but most could not bear to watch their child being killed and so would return to the city hearing their child’s screams fade as the dragon roared louder and louder.
Then came the day that the lottery selected the princess – the king’s only daughter. He tore his hair out and begged the ordinary people to send one of their children in her place. But the city’s leading citizens refused, saying that the lottery was the fairest way to select the victim each week. And that the king should also pay the price of the dragon’s terror.
And so the king led the weeping princess to the rock at the bottom of the hill and everyone came out the city to watch.
Just then a knight rode up on a horse and saw the weeping king and princess.
Once the king had explained the inconsolable princess’s plight, Sir George vowed to kill the dragon to save her and all the city’s children from this evil.
Many of the city’s citizens scoffed that the dragon could not be defeated. But Sir George was not deterred and rode his horse in front of the princess.
The dragon flew out of its lair in a tornado of fire and thunder. But Sir George stood his ground. The dragon roared a challenge and Sir George drew his spear and charged the dragon. Green dragon blood gushed from the wound to its shoulder, but the pain just enraged the dragon even more.
The dragon attacked and killed Sir George’s horse with a single swipe of its claws. Sir George leapt from its back as it collapsed to the ground. He drew his sword as the dragon reared up.
Sir George ran at the dragon, screaming. The dragon stretched forward, ready to breathe fire and poison over the night.
Sir George raised his sword as the dragon attacked. He hacked through the dragon’s neck. The giant creature’s dead body crashed to the earth.
And so the princess and the city’s children were all saved.
The problem with the story of St George and the Dragon is that often we focus on being rescued, instead of being the rescuer.
So what are the dragon’s that you want to slay to protect your child?
And what dragon’s will your child have to defeat in their own lives?
How will your child become the knight that defeats those dragons?
Please tell us in the comment section below.