For three years I had been listening to the voice of Hope, and for three years I had waited for a footstep on my threshold.
You can hear every footstep, which detracts from the experience exponentially.
early 13c., "footprint," from foot (n.) + step (n.). Meaning "a tread or fall of the foot" is first attested 1530s. Figurative expression to follow in (someone's) footsteps is from 1540s.