Christian singer TobyMac recently spoke candidly about the 2019 loss of his son, Truett Foster McKeehan, revealing his take on eternity, grief, and his journey to seek God amid the storm.
TobyMac said in a video published by JOY FM that he hadn’t thought deeply about eternity before his son’s death, but that the monumental loss led him to more fervently imagine it.
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“I spoke about eternity before, but I never really thought about it deeply … because I didn’t need to,” he said. “I always trusted God. I always walked with God. It’s not a question of that.”
But the singer said he now imagines what eternity must be like, picturing his lost loved ones who are there.
“I always have the same kind of picture,” TobyMac said. “It’s, ‘Dad if you could only see what I could see right now.'”
Watch TobyMac’s candid discussion of grief and loss:
Despite the pain and suffering the performer and his family have faced since the 21-year-old McKeehan died of an accidental overdose more than two years ago, he has been encouraged by messages from fans from around the globe.
One of the most powerful elements of TobyMac’s raw and emotional discussion with JOY FM was his admission about grief and pain. Mainly: He said he hadn’t experienced it until McKeehan’s death.
“The truth is, I didn’t know grief, really,” he said. “I just felt like everything was beautiful and perfect until the last few years. And then, when we lost Truett, everything changed and I met grief in the fiercest way.”
He said the sorrow “comes in waves” and can hit “really hard” some days. And, sadly, it’s not a loss that will simply dissipate or disappear; the pain is longlasting, yet so is the hope to which the singer clings.
“I don’t know if I’ll ever laugh as deeply. I don’t know if I’ll ever smile as big,” he said. “But I can smile and I can laugh.”
TobyMac shared some of the advice he received that reminded him of God’s faithfulness and the promises He has given — the Lord’s pledge that He’ll always be with us, no matter what we face.
“God doesn’t always take away the cold. He promises that He’ll be right there in it with us. That’s what I held on to. And I found Him there, or He found me there,” he said. “I didn’t know God stayed close in those times, but I’ve learned that He does. I really have.”
Continue to pray for TobyMac and his family as they navigate the spiritual perils and pain that come with such monumental loss.
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