"Stepping in the Light" was written by Eliza Hewitt,a Philadelphia school teacher,around 1890. In 1887, Hewitt had suffered a severe spinal injury after being hit with a heavy slate by one of her students. She was confined to her home through the long winter and was delighted when her doctor allowed her to take walks in the sunshine the following spring. She soon wrote the first of her "sunny" hymns, "There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today." "Stepping in the Light" followed a couple of years later, likely based on 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Hewitt wrote other hymns that are still sung today, notably "More About Jesus," "Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?" and, probably her most well-known hymn, "When We All Get to Heaven."