"Setting the Gospel to Music"







By Laura Lewis

          When my third daughter, Chel`e, was 9 years old, God gave me a son. Jody was a joy to us all. When he was almost 10 years old, the three of us were in a car accident. Jody went to Heaven that day. It’s been one of the hardest things our family had ever gone through, but the good thing is that we didn’t have to go through it by ourselves.

          Jesus has been with us every step of the way.

          Chel’e was in the hospital several days and I was finally able to leave on the 11th day. My doctor came in to give me a last minute check-up and found me crying. He said, “Why are you crying?” I answered, “Because I lost my son; he won’t be going home with me.” He replied, “No, you didn’t lose your son...When you lose something, you don’t know where it is. .. And you know where he is!” I thought, “How true!” And I have been sharing this with folks each time I give my testimony about Jody.

          Something else...He’s not just in my past...He’s in my future! That’s enough to shout about!

          So you see, there I was one night after that, taking a burden of grief up Calvary’s Hill; something I’d never taken up before. As I was “watching” myself do this (to make sure I didn’t bring that burden back down with me!), I noticed that on the way down my feet were not touching the ground. I was so much lighter.

          That was the inspiration for the song “Walking Back Down.” I wrote it, sent it to my publisher, and The Chandlers recorded it and sent it to radio.

          Even today as we travel all across this country and I sing, “Walking Back Down,” folks sing it with me, and usually someone gives me their story of how the song helped them through a valley in their lives.

          I consider this one song a special continuation of Jody’s ministry (he was the little drummer of our Gospel singing family and had just begun to sing some), because if he hadn’t gone to Heaven that day, it would never have been written.



Verse One


I've spent a lot of time down through the years

Walking up Calvary's Hill

And I'm so glad there's a cross that I can go to

When I have a need to be filled...

The trips that I make are all worth the climb

Cause at the top is Jesus, the Lamb...

He trades all the cares I bring up to the cross

For victory to carry back down.





I spend a lot of time at Calvary

Kneeling before the Lamb

His blood makes everything whiter than snow

When I come just as I am...

And as I am walking back down Calvary's Hill

My feet are not touching the ground...

Cause the heart that was burdened on my way up

Is shouting victory walking back down.



Verse Two


When I walk up the hill to Calvary

The reasons are different each time

I may need forgiveness or just to be lifted up

Or I might need healing Divine...

Well, I walk up that hill with my load of despair

Lay it down at the feet of the Lamb

And the heart that was burdened on my way up

Is shouting victory walking back down!



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