There is something about Mahalia Jackson singing. Here she takes on a spiritual that has words of hope as well as reality at the same time. We are in this world of pain. Yes there is pain. Yes we will acknowledge it, but at the same time we say that soon it will be done.
No more weeping and a wailing. I will see those who have gone on. Ultimately I will see God. Yes soon this will be over. There is something powerful about those words. In addition, there can be no denial. Soon we will be done with the trouble in this world.
At the same time there is a somber tone to the music of the song. We know that this is not a flippant faith, but one that comes from deep within. The heaviness of the song also causes us to hear the hopeless hold on with the belief that one day this will be over and we will “go home with God.”