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‘Why would You give and then take him away’

Well-known Christian rapper TobyMac writes song about the passing of his son. “It felt like an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy and promise”.

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus NEW YORK 13 JANUARY 2020 17:00 h GMT+1
TobyMac's video for the song 21. / Youtube TobyMac

TobyMac, former member of DC Talk and an influential Hip Hop artist with seven solo albums, has written a song about the experience of losing a son.



“‘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”, the artist said on his Instagram account.



He said he was thankful for all those who have surrounded his family with “love, starting with God’s”.



He and his wife Amanda have four other children.





“GOD PROMISED HE WOULD NEVER LEAVE US”



TobyMac expressed the feelings he has gone through. “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”.



And added: “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”.



 



LYRICS



Read the full lyrics of the song:



 



Woke up cuz the light poured in



Day 2 let the flood begin



Day 1 left me in my bed



I can barely remember it



Heart shattered in a thousand ways



They tell me pain gonna come in waves



They tell me I'm gonna be okay



I'm still waiting for the first to break



 



Why would You give and then take him away



Suddenly end could You not let it fade



What I would give for a couple of days



A couple of days



 



Is it just across the Jordan



Or a city in the stars



Are you singing with the angels



Are you happy where you are



Well until this show is over



And you run into my arms



God has you in heaven



But I have you in my heart



 



I just can't make sense of this



Everything is so dissonant



Somebody said he was meant for this



But I'm just straight missing him



I wanna wake up to your laugh at 2



Catch you when you steal my shoes



Say good morning, afternoon



Talk you through those "Alex blues"



Listen to your latest beats



Talk about what the lyrics mean



Venmo you another loan



See you do your second show



You said you'd turn, you would turn it around



Thought that you had time to straighten it out



Told me that you were my prodigal son



But this isn't home



 



Did he see You from a long way off



Running to him with a Father's heart



Did You wrap him up inside Your arms



And let him know, that he's home



 



21 years makes a man full-grown



21 years, what a beautiful loan



21 years, I loved everyone



Thank you, Lord, for my beautiful son


 

 


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