A Meditation on the Lord’s Prayer, continued
But deliver us from evil
“And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year,
‘Give me a light, that I may tread safely into then unknown.’
And he replied:
‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So, I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of the day in the lone East.
So, heart, be still:
What need our little life,
Our human life, to know,
If God hath comprehension?
Looked at from another perspective, it is we who must be the deliverers. One of my favorite hymns is #12 in Sing a New Song:
I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in deepest sin my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?
I, the Lord pf snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them, they turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send?
I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them, my hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide till their hearts are satisfied.
I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send?
And the answer in each case is:
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if You lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.
And in the process of delivering, of course, it is we who are delivered.