My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky.
It’s time to take the window to see Leerie going by;
For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.
Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea,
And my papa’s a banker and as rich as he can be;
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I’m to do,
O Leerie, I’ll go round at night and light the lamps with you!
For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door,
And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more;
And oh! before you hurry by with ladder and with light;
O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him to-night!
Robert Louis Stevenson
I love this poem on so many levels. It is thought that Stevenson was blatantly autobiographical in this poem as he was a sickly child with a difficult childhood due to health issues. However, he loved watching the lamps lit at night. Stevenson could set his watch by the lamplighter who would arrive on time to illuminate his home and his life.
In another essay Stevenson described the lamplighter as “a man who punches holes in the darkness” and as you can see by this poem, he longs to do the same.
Jesus could easily and clearly be described as THE man who punches holes in the darkness. Death is the ultimate darkness but the light of Christ has overcome darkness.
And so we begin our journey with Jesus this week. We mentally walk with Jesus as He prepares for His triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Jesus, the light of the world, was for one glorious day, celebrated. Jesus brought peace, hope, love and joy to a dark and hurting world. Isn’t it amazing how some things never change? He still does this for us today.
We, who love our Lord, are assured of an eternity bathed in light. My soul waits for the Lord…