1: to set free
2 a: to take and hand over to or leave for another: convey; (b): hand over, surrender
3 a (1) : to assist (a pregnant female) in giving birth (2): to aid in the birth of; b: to give birth to; c: to cause (oneself) to produce as if by giving birth
4: speak, sing, utter
5: to send (something aimed or guided) to an intended target or destination
6 a: to bring (something, such as votes) to the support of a candidate or cause; b: to come through with: produce
Deliver (v.): c. 1200, “save, rescue, set free, liberate,” from Old French delivrer “to set free; remove; save, preserve; hand over (goods),” also used of childbirth, from Late Latin deliberare, from de- “away” + Latin liberare “to free” (liberal).
Childbirth sense in English, “to bring (a woman) to childbirth,” is from c. 1300. Sense of “hand over, give, give up, yield” is c. 1300 in English, which brings it in opposition to its root. Meaning “project, throw” is 1590s.
"O Lord, deliver me from the man of excellent intention and impure heart: for the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked."
T.S. Eliot (Thomas Sterns Eliot, 1888-1965, American-English poet, playwright, literary critic, and editor, a leader of the Modernist movement in poetry)
"Sometimes God will deliver you from the fire, and other times God will make you fireproof."
Joel Osteen (born March 5, 1963, Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas; author of seven New York Times Best Sellers; nicknamed "The Smiling Preacher")
"Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate."
Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274, Italian priest, scholar, and philosopher, who lived at a critical juncture of western culture when the arrival of the Aristotelian corpus in Latin translation reopened the question of the relation between faith and reason)
"Through hard work and education, we can deliver a strong economy and opportunity for all."
Julia Gillard (b. 1961, former Australian politician who was the 27th Prime Minister from 2010 to 2013; the first and to date only woman to hold the positions of deputy prime minister, prime minister and leader of a major party)
"If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing."
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769—1821, French general, first consul, and emperor, one of the most celebrated personages in the history of the West; revolutionized military organization and training; reorganized education; and established the long-lived Concordat with the papacy)
"If we promise as public officials, we must deliver. If we as public officials propose, we must produce."
Barbara Jordan (1936-1996, U.S. Congressional representative from Texas and the first African American congresswoman to come from the deep South)
"Elizabeth Keckley was a woman of remarkable strength, courage, perseverance, and dignity. She was exceptionally talented, but also very diligent and ambitious, and together those qualities enabled her to deliver herself from slavery and become a successful businesswoman."
Jennifer Chiaverini (born 1969, American quilter and author; best known for writing the Elm Creek Quilts novels)
"No matter what message you are about to deliver somewhere, whether it is holding out a hand of friendship, or making clear that you disapprove of something, is the fact that the person sitting across the table is a human being, so the goal is to always establish common ground."
Madeleine Albright (b. 1937, first woman to represent the U.S. in foreign affairs as secretary of state)
“If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.”
Collectively, are we beginning to evolve from this self-centered Machiavellian point of view, whereby true success is more about being of service to others than blind ambition.
Because the world has delivered a handful of loud-mouth despots, we can be distracted and convinced we are moving backwards instead of progressing forward. The trick is staying focused and distinguishing what is noise and which subtle bits of information are truly important.
It takes time, commitment, and awareness to cultivate discernment. It’s also quite countercultural to suspend judgment until we know better the pieces of the life’s intricate puzzles.
Sojourners, stay patient and be brave delivering your gifts to our world.
Faithfully Yours, Tonya