This week, TobyMac performed at the Rock the Universe music festival, and addressed the recent tragic death of his son Truett Foster McKeehan. Truett died in October following an accidental drug overdose. 

“Maybe some of you know, but my family and I have been facing the toughest couple months of our lives. For those people that don’t know, my first-born son passed away a couple of months ago and it’s been hard,” he told fans from stage. 

After thanking fans for their support and prayers, he then explained how his faith has been impacted by the tragedy. 

“One [thing] somebody told me was this, they said, ‘When something like this happens and we experience loss, like this, you’re going to start reaching for these promises of God,'” he continued. “Some of them you thought He promised but you might have been mistaken. God didn’t promise us no suffering or pain, or loss,’” he said.  “The promise I’ve been holding on to is that God will never leave us or forsake us. I’m believing that for me, as well as my son, that God will never leave us or forsake us. And I’m grateful for you guys.”

Toby Mac recently released a new song called “21 Years”, dedicated to his son’s memory.