By Kristen Stieffel
Copyright 2012 Kristen Stieffel
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excerpts from “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” by Martin Luther,
English translation by Frederick Henry Hedge, 1852
Though his stomach writhed, Pastor Gottlieb closed the Epiphany service with his usual benediction. Blessing the brown-shirted men in his church seemed sacrilegious. It took an effort of will to remember that even the stormtoopers who had overrun Austria last spring were God’s children, however iniquitous they might be.