I once knew the footsteps
Of my beloved one’s confidence
Steps taken in trust and strength
In God’s revealed presence.
Now I only know the silent footfall
Of my beloved’s echoed way
His footprints are but whispered memories
Pressed upon yesterday’s troubled fray.
Somewhere in the darkness
I see hope’s burning light
The one I lost just a few steps before
Being rewarded for his good fight.
I once knew footsteps
That crushed the enemy
That we are ransomed and free.
The One who holds my beloved
Holds my mind and heart as well
Footprints pressed in the sand
Have led me far from the gates of Hell.
He is that light I once saw
And I stand before it now
Enveloped in its radiant warmth
In my pain I humbly bow.
All I once knew
Fades with the setting sun
With hope it rises in the morning
And promised joy has begun.
His footsteps no longer echo
Upon the floor in the hall
But You, O God, have come
I am not crushed by memories that fall.
With all that seeks to destroy
And wipe away every step and print
I lift my arms to You, O God
Please carry me to the place you sent
Holy are the footsteps from this place
Reckless is the love for which I have prayed
You understand my heartache
Pain for which you have sacrificially paid.
I once thought I understood
The gift of being a bride
But you have taught me in my loss
Behind this veil I cannot hide.
Being called an earthly help mate
Was only preparation
For the day I’d sit at his side
And have a taste of heaven.
Here I am, hearing echos
His footfalls were matched to Yours
You allowed his life and breath
Long enough to know they were not ours.
Joy comes in the morning
Mercies are new everyday
Perfect power comes from weaknesses
And You hear the words I do not pray.