By Toby Mac

“21 years” is a song I wrote about the recent passing of my firstborn son, Truett Foster McKeehan. I loved him with all my heart.

Until something in life hits you this hard, you never know how you will handle it.

I am thankful that I have been surrounded by love, starting with God’s and extending to community near and far that have walked with us and carried us every day.

Writing this song felt like an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy and promise that describes the journey I’m probably only beginning. The rest is yet to come.

One thing I know is that I am not alone.

God didn’t promise us a life of no pain or even tragic death, but He did promise He would never leave us or forsake us.

And I’m holding dearly to that promise for my son as well as myself.

–  TobyMac


  1. Thank you for sharing Steve. So gripping a song, with one of the last lines “21 years what a beautiful loan”. From a fathers heart, I can’t imagine the grief that Toby Mac has had to face. And pray for God’s daily comfort and strength. I need to always remind myself my children are a loan from God.

    Sadly, Toby Macs sister passed away as well earlier this month at the age of 52.

    May God bless you in your ministry. I listen to the Get Up and Go Show each morning until I am called away for work duties at 8:00am. 😀🙏

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