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James Nestingen, Lutheran seminary
professor, made these comm
ents on the
occasion of observing M
artin Luther's 500th birthdayin 1983. "Freedom is an important word nowadays. Americans consider freedom as essential to this nation's character. Yet, there exists a critical difference between Luther's view of freedom and that held by the modern world. Luther saw freedom as freedom from theself; these days most Americans see freedom as freedom for self. Luthersaw freedom as being for Christ, the neighbor, and God's creation. Inthe modern view, freedom - is often seen as the freedom to choose a god, to get along on one's own, to avoid entanglements."

Martin Luther: His Life and Teachings

Almighty God, gracious Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit upon me your baptized , child. Keep me steadfast tn your word, protect and comfort me in all temptations, defend me against all enemies who seek to lead me from the one true and saving faith, and bestow on me your saving peace;through your Son, Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Adapted from Prayer of the Day for Reformation.