TobyMac – 21 Years

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  • “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.

  • Stay strong toby i know that god has a beutiful place for your especial son i know that its hard this moment but you be ok you are strong no matter what happen you will be always strong. GOD IS WITH YOU ALWAYS❤❤👍

  • 26 years after our son Sean died on 24 Jan 1994 and you released this song on YouTube on 9 Jan 2020 in memory of your son Truett. This is what a bereaved parents grief looks like…the rain; the world in black, white, and grey; the agony on your face. You can see the sorrow in your eyes and the downward turned corners of your mouth. It's not a frown, it's pain. The agony in your woahs are the silent cries of our anguished hearts. This is parental grief. Way too many people don't understand us. Thank you for sharing your heart in this amazing song. 21 Years is a song of pain, but it is also a song of hope. There will be those who do not understand that.
    Sean, I love you, I miss you and some day I shall wrap you up in this mother's arms.
    19 years makes a man full-grown
    19 years, what a beautiful loan
    19 years, I love every one
    Thank You, Lord, for my beautiful son
    God has you in Heaven and I have you in my heart

  • My mom just lost a daughter (my sister ) who was 5 3 months ago 🥺 I know I’m in a lot of pain but I can only imagine how she feels knowing she was there through all that happened and watched it all

  • Damn onion cutting ninjas…

    I am terribly sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the pain that it must be causing. Thank you for helping us share a moment of grief and gratitude together. God is great, even in the darkest moments, and I pray that you and your family may be visited by his angels, borne up by his spirit, and find solace in the peace of our savior. Good bless Tobymac

  • I have no idea what to say but they're all good things. Toby I'm so very sorry for your loss and I can't wait to meet you un person so you and can pray together and I know God has you right where your at brother. #StayStrong

  • Hey Toby, I'm praying God gives you His peace, the peace that no man can give. You will meet him one day in His glory but while you are here, I pray, God will do great things through your inspirational music drawing many souls to His kingdom.

  • I know His plan is bigger than I could ever understand but I never understood why He takes people like this so early

  • "God has you in heaven but I have you in my heart." Feb 10 marks the the third year of my boyfriend's passing. I miss very much and between now and Feb 10 is the hardest for me. I have moved on but there will always be a part of me that misses him. Toby, I do not have kids but I do know the pain. it hurts but God has us and he always will.

  • We lost our 2 month old at the beginning of 2019 in January. Running up on a year. Baby Zane death has changed our lives. Yet, I don't understand why so soon he had to die, we are trusting God's plan.. Zane had a purpose…and each day as we grieve him, I am watching it unfold. Rest in peace to your son Tobymac….and rest in peace to our Zane as well. God has us through this painful journey.

  • Toby, I pray you continue to feel the love and support as long as you need it, and that God continues to show you how He makes good on His promises, so you can be confident and hopeful that Truett's in the best of hands. Please take the time to heal up and be with your family, and thank you for making this and showing us your fans where you're at. God Bless

  • Just watched this with hubby. Before I started it I said “remember we had his song I was made to love you at our wedding”. Told him the heart breaking news before starting it. His eyes welled and he had to walked away. Our hearts are breaking for you. We are praying for peace and healing. I can’t imagine. We have 4 boys. Praying. Thank you for being an example of strong faith.

  • I wish I had words to comfort you Toby. Prayers are with you. I just shared this beautiful song with my daughter. Sending you love my brother.

  • @TobyMac My name is Lisa. My son Stephen left this earth and was in God's presence on September 20, 1993, He was 13 and half years old. BUT there is not a day that has gone by that I have not thought of him or imagined what he is doing in heaven. Some have asked me "aren't you over it yet?" I now say, "I will never "get over it", I just ask God daily to be able to get through life and fulfill my purpose while I am still here. It's been 27 years. Heaven is a real place for me and I know I will get to see and hold him again when I get there too. You have a special place in my heart, as you were the "rap" group my kids introduced me to back in the day. I still am blessed listening to you and your music. This song ministered to my heart! Big Hugs! Love and Prayers for your family. Stephen's Mom

  • ♡♡♡♡♡ our father in heaven lost His Son too. HE is with you always and intimately knows just what you are going through. This God in heaven is the only God who delightes in showing mercy, who before Him go loving-kindness and compassion. Keep taljing and listening to Him. He will get you through this too.

  • So sorry for ur loss 😢😢 Us as parents should never have to bury our children 💔💔 There is no loss worse then losing ur child. May ur son Rest In Paradise 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • I lost one of my best friends the day after Christmas. He was 21 years old and a believer. This song makes me think of him. Thank God for eternal life in Heaven so I get to see my friend again 💔🙏

  • The writing in this song is so magnificent and how you highlight how well written this song is with your vocals and the video everything is done so masterfully

  • Sorry for the loss of your son here on earth. Can't imagine the pain. Praying for your family. Thank you for this amazing song. God give you strength my brother🙏🏼

  • I pray for your family and for you to be able to get through the pain and the through the hardships that life throws at you May God protect you and your family
    I am sorry for your lost 😢😭😭🙏❤

    Your son is now up in heaven with Jesus and God and is waiting til he will see you again

  • No words can said to ease the pain or bring comfort in these times. Your song is a song of pure love and testament of your love for amazing son, it touches each of us deep within our hearts. We lift you and your family in love, in prayer, and even though we aren’t together we wrap you in our arms, the arms our Father uses. My loss is in no way to be compared, in ‘95 my mom and sister was killed in a car accident, I was 24 and had just reconciled my relationship with my mom just a short time before, and a week before was the last time I talked to them, it was Mother’s Day. I lived in another state at the time, working in a missionary organization that sent out teams of teens and adults all over the world. I only expand on this chapter because it is vital to my experience I had when I got home. One day at my grandmother’s I went out back to get way for a bit, as I stepped outside I experienced the sensation of being washed in pray from every where. There are no words to describe this experience, God gave me a beautiful gift that told me He had me in His arms. This is my prayer for you and yours to be washed in prayer and love from our Father.

  • No words can said to ease the pain or bring comfort in these times. Your song is a song of pure love and testament of your love for amazing son, it touches each of us deep within our hearts. We lift you and your family in love, in prayer, and even though we aren’t together we wrap you in our arms, the arms our Father uses. My loss is in no way to be compared, in ‘95 my mom and sister was killed in a car accident, I was 24 and had just reconciled my relationship with my mom just a short time before, and a week before was the last time I talked to them, it was Mother’s Day. I lived in another state at the time, working in a missionary organization that sent out teams of teens and adults all over the world. I only expand on this chapter because it is vital to my experience I had when I got home. One day at my grandmother’s I went out back to get way for a bit, as I stepped outside I experienced the sensation of being washed in pray from every where. There are no words to describe this experience, God gave me a beautiful gift that told me He had me in His arms. This is my prayer for you and yours to be washed in prayer and love from our Father.

  • Jesus Christ is God and He can heal any wound.
    John 11:21-27
    I lost my dear brother (who was 14 years older than me, who used to swaddle me and was replacement for a father in my life). He passed away unexpectedly last September.
    I was upset with him prior to his passing and didn't talk to him for 7 months until sherrif department notified us that my brother passed away behind the wheel of his big rig from a heart attack.
    Oh, Jesus, my God! I cried for months.
    "Lord, Lord, I made a mistake that I can't fix. Fix it for me, Father. Wherever he is, please tell my brother how much I love him."
    And I saw a dream in which my husband hands me the phone saying: "it is your brother on the other line."
    And sure enough the same voice, the same "older brother" way of speaking down to me 🙂
    In disbelieve I asked him: "brother, is that you?" And he answered: "of course it's me, who else?"
    There I've got to tell him how much I love him and I how sorry I was for being so cruel to him.
    Oh, Jesus! Who else can compare to you, my Love?!
    Thank you Jesus for your love for us, Lord! Thank you, God.

  • These are not just lyrics, its his beautiful life….21 Years.. What a beautiful loan. It's easy to read, but it's hard to go through… Praying for you Mr. Toby Mac… God bless you.

  • In a blink of an eye the dead will rise as if asleep and wake and as a dream they all go to heaven together.

  • These souls were God's children before He entrusted us with raising them.
    If you taught him about Jesus Christ, the Savior, you completed your mission as his earthly parent. You showed him the Way back Home.
    Thank you Jesus for a beautiful loan. Amen.

  • this hits so so hard man, been listening to your music since i could walk, now i'm an adult and it just feels surreal that a voice i heard that was the same age as me is gone, stay ok toby

  • Thank you for this song TobyMac Im working on my next book and the pain im going through it really hurt and this song inspire me to write

  • A total reminder for me to be grateful for my 4 year old and 2 month old son's! To be grateful for EVERY moment God blesses me with them!! Thank you for this song, @TobyMac, and prayers for you and your family!

  • Thank you for this song. Made me cry real hard. My bf was killed on my birthday. Still going through the pain, but I'm praying and hoping we get through this.

  • 👀God Bless. Thank you for sharing such a personal story and put into words your thoughts. God gave you incredible talent. the gift God blesses you with. You are incredibly talented. The words touched my soul.. You are an amazing gifted artist. My sincere condolences. May God lift you up in prayer and give you peace and immense strength through difficult times. . In Christ, Vicky .

  • I cried through every moment like I was Toby's other child who'd lost a little brother. I sang on my guitar and cried through it everyday. But even then I don't think I would ever come close to feeling your pain. May God comfort you McKeehan family

  • Im bawling

    Stay strong!

    Although

    I think you are more of a source of strength to many of your followers, especially how you are handling this loss. We are praying for you and your family.

    Thanks for continuously making great songs. It mentored me in many ways on my Christian journey.

  • I’m so sorry Toby. You’ve been such a light to me for the past few years. I have you in my prayers.
    Tru dog will always be in our hearts!

  • Toby I just want to say that I didn’t believe in Jesus even when everyone around me did but when I started to listen to your music I started to believe and I just want to thank u for that.

  • Such a great example to thank god for the 21 years you had with truett and not make it about all of the confusion anger and hurt.Praying for you and your family Toby.

  • I can relate to sir Toby cos it's been 20yrs I lost my Sister when I was 11yrs n she was 18yrs in an attempt to suicide… The wounds still fresh n I miss her a lot cos I can't stop loving her… Thank you Sir tobymac for the song… The way it moved me emotionally is something I can't describe… Hope God will send His healing on you and your family…. 🙏🙏

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