Tis the season of winning

This has been the season of winning.  Since December, I’ve been lucky enough to win 3 different contests.

It's a trapThe first contest I won was on December 21 via Twitter@FamilyGuyonFOX was giving away 25 copies of their new Star Wars spoof, “It’s a Trap!” That should be on its way, if it isn’t already.

Torch red

The second contest I won was through “You Could Win a BlackBerry Torch” sweepstakes on December 22.  They were giving two BlackBerry Torch 9800s away each day from Nov. 20 – Dec. 24, one via Twitter and the other via Facebook.  I scored me a red Torch (approximate retail value of $499).  Unfortunately, when I was entering the contest, I didn’t take into account that the Torch is only available for AT&T, which means I won’t be able to use it on Verizon.  It arrived today.  For now, it means it will sit in the closet.

Colts hat

My last contest that I won was another Twitter contest.  This was by Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts.  The contest, an AFC Division Champion hat, all for spelling the word “cheese” correctly.  Seriously, that was it!

It was a good few weeks, I have to admit.  The only thing that would have made it better is if the Torch would be available on Verizon.

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

O sacred Head, now wounded,
    With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
    With thorns, Thine only crown.
O sacred Head, what glory,
    What bliss, till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
    I joy to call Thee mine.

How pale Thou art with anguish,
    With sore abuse and scorn!
How doth Thy face now languish
    That once was bright as morn!
Grim death, with cruel rigor,
    Hath robbed Thee of Thy life;
Thus Thou hast lost Thy vigor,
    Thy strength, in this sad strife.

What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered
    Was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression,
    But Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
    ’Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor,
    And grant to me Thy grace.

My Shepherd, now receive me;
    My Guardian, own me Thine.
Great blessings Thou didst give me,
    O Source of gifts divine.
Thy lips have often fed me
    With words of truth and love;
Thy Spirit oft hath led me
    To heav’nly joys above.

What language shall I borrow
    To thank Thee, dearest Friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow,
    Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever!
    And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never,
    Outlive my love for Thee.

My Savior, be Thou near me
    When death is at my door;
Then let Thy presence cheer me,
    Forsake me nevermore!
When soul and body languish,
    O leave me not alone,
But take away mine anguish
    By virtue of Thine own!

Be Thou my consolation,
    My shield, when I must die;
Remind me of Thy passion
    When my last hour draws nigh.
Mine eyes shall then behold Thee,
    Upon Thy cross shall dwell,
My heart by faith enfold Thee.
    Who dieth thus dies well.

Reformation (Observed)

Today, we in the Lutheran Church celebrate the Reformation (Observed).  The theme for today is the reformation of the Church; that is, reforming the practices that the Roman Catholic Church had instituted. 

A monk by the name of Martin Luther became very outspoken of the practices which the Roman Catholic Church were doing: praying to saints, worshipping the relics and other practices.  Two practices that sparked Luther’s angst the most were the selling of indulgences and the doctrine of salvation by good works.  All of this prompted the posting of his Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences, or what has popularly become known as the 95 Theses. 

Enjoy this lovely video celebrating the Reformation.