One More Step Along The World I Go

All Souls Service
All Souls Service

On Sunday 3rd November a few members of my family attended the All Souls Service held at St Matthew’s Church, Cobo.  This was a service of commemoration and thanksgiving and attending it at St Matthew’s Church was particularly poignant for our family as this is the church where Rik and I got married and held Freddie’s funeral.

You can add the name of your loved lost one to a list which is read out during the middle of the service before candles can be lit in honour of each person.  We chose to add both Freddie and Rik’s mother to the list, plus my auntie who lost her fight to cancer at the end of last year.

As we were sat there waiting for the service to start I couldn’t help but notice the hymn numbers on display from an earlier service.  The first song number 27 immediately caught my eye as this is now Freddie’s number having been born at 10.27pm and had his funeral on the 27th August.  My husband then pointed out to me that the fourth song number was a hymn he chose for our wedding service called ‘One More Step Along The World I Go’.  I looked up the song in the hymn book provided and as I reminded myself of the lyrics, was taken back to why we loved it so much and chose it.

One more step along the world I go,
one more step along the world I go;
from the old things to the new
keep me traveling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me traveling along with you.

Round the corner of the world I turn,
more and more about the world I learn;
all the new things that I see
you’ll be looking at along with me.
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me traveling along with you.

As I travel through the bad and good,
keep me traveling the way I should;
where I see no way to go
you’ll be telling me the way, I know.
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me traveling along with you.

Give me courage when the world is rough,
keep me loving though the world is tough;
leap and sing in all I do,
keep me traveling along with you.
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me traveling along with you.

You are older than the world can be,
you are younger than the life in me;
ever old and ever new,
keep me traveling along with you.
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me traveling along with you.

I saw it as a sign and a reminder about the promises we made to each other on our wedding day and that the tough and rough times we are going through now are to be traveled through together.

As Freddie’s name was read out I had a huge sense of pride and hoped he could hear his name so he knew we were thinking about him.  I believe that the more we do in his honour the more of an existence we are building up of him.  I am so pleased we named him and he has an identity for us and our family to build memories on.

As I placed my lit candle with the others I spoke out to my son and said ‘I love you Freddie’.  I know he knows we love him, but I just keep having to say it to make sure he is aware that as we continue through life, we keep him traveling along with us.

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