“21 Years” was written after the loss of Toby’s firstborn, Truett. From the moment this devastating news broke until today, many who listen to Christian music across the world have lifted the McKeehan family in their prayers. Maybe you are one of those. Toby has reiterated how they feel the prayers and support from the entire Christian music community. Hopefully this song can have an impact on those who might also be working through their own grief and searching for words to help it make sense.
“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