Jan 19, 2015

A Contest for the Best Theologically-Correct Valentine's-Day-Card!

Dear Readers,

Valentine's Day is coming. The chocolates and cards are already making their appearance on the drugstore shelves. The pink ribbons are being tied into bows. The rebels are printing t-shirts that remind us that "Cupid is fat, armed, and dangerous."

The day can be a pleasant opportunity to express appreciation for our beloved, but no matter how you celebrate (or don't celebrate) the "day of love," you have undoubtedly noticed that a great many Valentine's Day slogans do not pass the theological sniff test. Perhaps in years past you have picked up a pink-and-white card with artistic lettering and read something alone the lines of,
Love me tender, love me sweet
Never let me go
You have made my life complete
And I love you so.

You may have snorted and thought, Yeah, actually, the only person who makes my life complete is Jesus. 

We Lutherans are kind of spoil-sports that way.

Maybe you mocked the chocolate box that said, "We're meant for each other" with a diatribe against the whole ridiculous concept of soulmates.

Haven't you ever wondered what theologically correct, thoroughly Lutheran St. Valentine's Day cards might say? That is why we at SDMW are holding a contest.

We are calling upon you, our creative and enterprising readers, to submit the text that would be found within such a card. It can be satirical or serious, sweet or silly, rhyme or prose, but it ought to convey reality instead of sentimentality (see the example at the end of this post).

Here are the rules:

  • Submit your entry/ies to us via e-mail (sister-daughter-mother-wife (at) googlegroups.com) by February 3rd. 
  • Each individual may submit up to two entries.
  • Submissions should be no longer than a maximum of 40 words. 

Qualifying entries will be posted anonymously to this blog, and readers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. If voting produces a tie, I (Anna) will choose a qualified Lutheran judge (probably my husband) to make the final selection.

The winner will receive a brand new copy of the book Family Vocation by Gene Edward Veith and Mary J. Moerbe (note: unfortunately, I can only mail it to a U.S. address).

We look forward to reading your submissions!

EDIT: SEE THE ENTRIES HERE.


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