What Kind of Leerie Are You?

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What’s a “leerie?”

 

A “leerie” is the name used for lamplighters in the new movie, “Mary Poppins Returns.”  And as I listened carefully to the lyrics while watching the movie, it became evident to me that if we are Christians we have a connection with the word “leerie.”

 

philippe-mignot-127665-unsplash One of the songs in the film entitled “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” has this line within it, Leeries trip the lights and lead the way!”  In this case they are describing how lamplighters of another era would go from lamp to lamp throughout the city and light them each night to light the darkness and show the way for people. It may have seemed like a menial job, but it was vital to the city dwellers each night.

 

The metaphor becomes clear in Matthew 5:14-16 (MSG):

 

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

 

 There is no doubt in my mind as I read this that each of us who claim to be his are called to be light and lamplighters for the world. Luke writes about that in Acts 13:47 (NIV):

 

“For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth’.”

 

The lyricist for the song in the movie refers to the process of the lamplighters lighting the blur-city-cold-965877lamps as “trip a little light fantastic”as they move up and down the streets lighting the lamps. That is a fun description indeed.

 

Since the Lord calls us to be light and light the way for others, what kind of “leerie” am I?  Are you?

 

As shadows fall across the earth in many different places and some have lost hope, are we lighting the way for the hope that is within us? Pointing the direction to the path they cannot see?

 

Listen to some of the things the song suggests a “leerie” can do:

 

“Let’s say you’re lost in a park, sure
You can give in to the dark or
You can trip a little light fantastic with me
When you’re alone in your room
Your choices just embrace the gloom
Or you can trip a little light fantastic with me

 

For if you hide under the covers
You might never see the day
But if a spark can start inside your heart
Then you can always find the way
So when life is getting dreary
Just pretend that you’re a leerie
As you trip a little light fantastic with me”

 

landon-martin-263376-unsplash Some of you may be shaking your head that I would compare being called to be light in a dark world with the lyrics of this song about “leeries” from the movie, but consider even the words noted above…

 

If we are lost physically or spiritually, are we to give in to the dark?

 

If we are alone and lonely, feeling down and gloomy, do we choose to “embrace the gloom” or search out the light?

 

Is the light within our lamps burning brightly with fresh oil that allows “a spark” to “start inside your heart?”

 

 Paul exhorts us in Ephesians 5:8-10 (MSG) by reminding us of what we were and now what we are to be:

 

“You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.”

 

 We were once groping around without light, stumbling as we went. But now that the IMG_1779Lord has lit the way for us and called us to be light in the world, we are to be lighting the way for others who are stumbling in the dark, alone, lost and without hope.

 

There is no qualifier that suggests this role, as a “leerie” is optional. Whatever season we are in, we are to keep fresh oil in our lamps and light the way for others.

 

What kind of “leerie” are you?

 

“Now when you’re stuck in the mist, sure
You can struggle and resist or
You can trip a little light fantastic with me”

 

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31 thoughts on “What Kind of Leerie Are You?

  1. I love the connection! I think we have a responsibility to reflect Jesus’ light to a world lost in darkness. It may mean taking our light and heading out in a contrary direction. But Jesus didn’t create us to be wallflowers.

  2. Pam, this is lovely! What a great analogy and I haven’t even seen the movie yet.This makes me want to see it even more. 🙂 Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at the #LMMLinkup.

    1. Thanks, Gayl! It is movie kids will love, but be tuned in to all the gems and adult themes tucked in throughout the movie…ones I have written on in several posts already, some I may write on….especially the theme of loss. Blessings right back at you, my friend!💝

    1. Thanks so much, Teresa! I think you will enjoy the movie and discover little gems of encouragement and inspiration as you listen to the words, the lyrics, and the themes that many children will miss while delighting in the sheer joy of the movie.😊

  3. I love Mary Poppins Returns and this connection makes me love it more! I love that image of us spreading God’s light wherever we go and it is certainly a challenge to do that, but so amazing that he can use us to bring light into the darkness.

    1. Love that you were impacted so positively by Mary Poppins returns as well. Thanks so much for these encouraging words.💕

  4. This post was excellent!! I love your insights! I was convicted about what kind of leerie I am and realize, in some respects I am sparking a light for others to see, but in other areas I am woefully failing.

    Thank you for spurring me on to be God’s leerie in my world of influence.

    Blessings,

    1. Thanks so much for your gracious words, Karen. I am often teased by those who love me about what I “get” from a song, movie, etc. I am perpetually looking for nuggets and I believe the Lord puts them there if we are looking and listening. I think He wants us to spur each other on when we find them.

      Hugs and blessings to you!❤️

  5. What a fun fresh way to look at this scripture! I haven’t seen the movie yet, so it will be fun to put a tune to these lyrics!

    1. Thanks, Katrina! The movie is full of gems that adults will get if they are cluing in and most kids will simply enjoy the obvious😊

  6. I found myself singing the lyrics in my mind as I read your post. The movie’s character was joyful when singing and smiling! I can choose to keep oil in my lamp, no matter the circumstances. And maybe do a bit of a dancing too. 🙂

    1. Love that, Lynn! The character was indeed joyful and I concur 100% with your comments about keeping joyful, singing, smiling, and yes….dancing too! (I downloaded the movie soundtrack from iTunes and play it nearly daily😊)❤️

    1. It’s grand!! Lots of great things for kids, but excellent messages for the adults that kids will miss.❤️

  7. I guess right now I am a reluctant leerie, being forced to call out my church on its dogmatic Calvinist teaching: https://mycrazyfaith.blogspot.com/2019/01/why-is-calvinism-so-dangerous.html.
    I don’t like having to do it, but I feel strongly that I need to take this stand for the Gospel. To paraphrase something Billy Graham said (I think it was him): All it takes for bad doctrine to spread is for no one to disagree with it. Blessings to you!

    1. There are times when we may indeed be called to be “reluctant leeries” in order to hold the light of the Word up as the foundation for all we are and believe. None of us are usually eager for that role for a long list of reasons, but if He calls us to do so then our response is to obey and receive from Him the grace and love to speak as He leads.

      I believe you are right about Billy Graham being the source of the quote.

      I read the blog you posted on this subject and have known Calvinists who are indeed dogmatic as you suggest.

      I fear we sometimes forget some of the same leaven Jesus exhorts followers to avoid in the Pharisees and Sadducees can be in our hearts in various forms where the focus shifts. It can start out so subtly we miss it and then becomes so much a part of us that we are blind.

      May the Lord grant you discernment and wisdom and allow you to speak the truth in love and grace, but speak.💕

  8. I have not seen the new Mary Poppins movie yet, but I hope my grandsons will want to go with me! I love this line from the song “But if a spark can start inside your heart, Then you can always find the way.” Allowing God’s light to shine through each one of us should always be our goal. I had not idea what a “leerie” was until I read your post! Thanks for teaching me something new!

    1. I hope your grandsons will as well, but there’ll be messages children will miss…gems like the quote you shared here and others about what happens in the midst of loss. I have seen it twice…once with my husband and once with a friend. Great to share with you, Laurie! Have a blessed day!💕

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