>> November 2, 2010
Today I’ll address the “D” word.
*gasp* Grab the soap, Mama.
After pondering the many suggestions it became a toss-up between two words: deliver and divine. My brain went with deliver.
First, I always try to decipher the word... you know, break it down:
de liver = the liver (an essential organ in your body that aides with digestion.)
Deli Ver (the name of a new sandwich shop in Vermont?)
Hmmm… maybe not this time.
When I was a little girl, we had three things delivered to us on a regular basis: Milk from the milkman, mail from the mailman, and two local newspapers from a paperboy. Milk, mail, and newspaper picked up from a mysterious location (in my mind at least) and hand delivered up our 1/4 mile long, windy, bumpy, full of potholes, driveway right to our doorstep. (Except the mail was at the street.)
Author's Note: Unfortunately, pizza delivery wasn't popular yet...either that or my parents ignored the cool possibilities and necessity of piping hot pizza being delivered like our ice cold milk.
Unlike my life today, we didn't have to drive to the grocery store for dairy products, or go inside the post office for our mail, or pick up our paper from a paper box outside the corner gas station. (Come to think of it, we never went out for pizza, either. I had a deprived childhood.)
Mom left a check and a list for the milkman, Dad paid the paperboy in a special sealed envelope each month, and we often left homemade cookies in the mailbox at Christmas time.
There are a myriad of scriptures that deal with deliver or delivered, and like the word bless, deliver can take on many connotations. In the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6) I learned to say by rote memory at an early age: "...lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen."
So, I decided to apply my milkman/mailman/paperboy theology to this verse in an effort to better understand the word deliver in this world renown passage of the Bible.