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Gone is Their Sorrow

By Tammy Hopson

Mitchell CountyTammy Hopson Red Hill Mitchell County

Often times in my writing I will mention the pain of losing someone we love. Anyone who knows me is aware I have suffered the loss of people I love and it grieves me still.  Within the community and my circle of friends, it seems so many are facing their own losses and grieving as well. This month I simply want to share a poem I wrote after the death of my mother.  She was 56 when the Lord took her home. I know she is with Him because she is the one who taught me all about Him. 

If you have experienced the loss of a loved one I hope you will be encouraged by this poem. Although it is simple in verse it is deep in meaning and reminds us that our saved loved ones are in a beautiful place waiting for us to join them. If they could talk with us maybe they would say this:


Gone is the sorrow,

Absent the pain,

Away are all burdens,

Never to carry again.


I have left them behind,

In the world whence I came,

When I heard the Savior’s voice,

And Him call me by name.

He bid me to cross,

The river so wide,

And soon I was standing,

Close by His side.

He said “You are home”

Wiping tears from my face,

Then held me so tight,

In His loving embrace.

“No more will you weep”,

He spoke with a smile

“Your trials of life”

“Only lasted awhile”.

“Never again will you grieve”,

“No longer will you groan”

“Waiting for you now”

“Is joy never known.”

And so I entered, 

This beautiful land,

Walking beside Him,

And holding His hand.

I was instantly strong,

No longer so frail,

As I shed all the sickness,

And escaped all travail.

My days are now spent,

With My savior so sweet,

Hour upon hour,

I spend at His feet.

He’s told me so much,

And says you’ll be here too,

So don’t weep for me,

Whatever you do!

Know I am living,

In this land so divine,

Ever so happy,

and doing just fine.

Someday our Lord Jesus,

Will come with a shout,

And from the cold world,

He will carry you out.

Your joy will be full,

And your smile remain,

In a world with no tears,

Absent of pain.

Together we’ll be,

and forever we’ll spend,

laughing and talking,

in a world without end.


Tammy Hopson has been a Mitchell County resident since 1992 and lives in Red Hill with her family. She is a mother of six children and grandmother of 14. She has been a member of Hoyle Memorial Christian Fellowship in Lawndale, NC since 1992 and helps lead The HMCF Youth Group.

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