Words by:  Eliza E. Hewitt (1851-1920) in 1890

Music by:  William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1951)

A song which exhorts us to walk in the light as God is in the light is "Stepping in the Light." The text was written by Eliza Edmunds Hewitt. She was a school teacher who was severely hurt by an unruly student and laid up for a long while in the hospital with a serious spinal injury.  She then began a second career as a hymn writer since this made her an invalid most of her life.  This experience brought her closer to God and she became most of the most prolific writers of her time.  Eventually her poems were set to music.  Miss Hewitt was a close, personal friend of Fanny Crosby.  These two ladies often met socially to discuss their hymns.

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/s/t/stepping.htm

http://homeschoolblogger.com/hymnstudies/611852/

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/t/stepping.htm

Hymns of Glorious Praise, Springfield, Missouri:  Gospel Publishing House, 1969.


Eliza E. Hewitt (1851-1920)    William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1951)


LYRICS:  Stepping In The Light 
1. Trying to walk in the steps of the Saviour,
Trying to follow our Saviour and King;
Shaping our lives by His blessed example,
Happy, how happy, the songs that we bring.

Refrain:
How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Saviour,
Stepping in the light, stepping in the light,
How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Saviour,
Led in paths of light.

2. Pressing more closely to Him Who is leading,
When we are tempted to turn from the way;
Trusting the arm that is strong to defend us,
Happy, how happy, our praises each day.

3. Walking in footsteps of gentle forbearance,
Footsteps of faithfulness, mercy, and love,
Looking to Him for the grace freely promised,
Happy, how happy, our journey above.

4. Trying to walk in the steps of the Saviour,
Upward, still upward, we follow our Guide;
When we shall see Him, “the King in His beauty,”
Happy, how happy, our place at His side.