Often when we talk about God or Jesus as "deliverer," it is about humanity getting delivered FROM something. Usually from sin or from evil. The very familiar line of the Lord's Prayer, for example, says, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." I am glad to know that God helps us in this way in our lives. It is important to remember that God leads us away from that which is harmful or sinful.
This Advent season, however, what if we consider all the ways in which Jesus delivers us TO something? To use the themes of Advent, the Christ Child delivers us to hope, to peace, to joy, and to love. Yes, it is always important to avoid sin and evil. But it is perhaps even more important to embrace the many ways that God's hope and love are alive and active in our lives. May we allow peace and joy to be delivered to us. And then, may we be deliverers of God's hope, peace, joy, and love to someone else.