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Deliver us from evil is a prominent and disturbing element in the shortest but most pregnant prayer there is

Deliver us from evil is a prominent and disturbing element 
in the shortest but most pregnant prayer there is
Gram Parsons wrote in Hickory Wind that trouble is real
It is and this prayer acknowledges that we can fall into it 
Trouble becomes evil when it willfully harms others 
with words or deeds 
Harm can be defined by leading to or involving death
We do not have the right to kill 
Evil is human-made
So this prayer makes no bones about it 
Deliver us means rescue us 
Deliver us means save us 
It is no accident that the previous line of the prayer is
 Lead us not into temptation 
When we are in trouble 
and close to being enveloped by evil 
we need to see the harm that we are doing by our actions - 
including our silence 
This should create remorse 
It should lead one to be thankful 
that we have this twelve line prayer
a gift to every last human being on the planet 
A prayer that asks simply 
that you live a life that 
forgives others as you are forgiven





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