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Responsibilities of the Church 20: A Song for the Broken Heart

Responsibilities of the Church Day 20 – A Song for the Broken Heart – “Faithfully” by TobyMac

(Written by Toby McKeehan and Kyle Williams. Released 2022)

Songs written in the aftermath of profound grief always pique my interest. I’ve listened to many such diamonds from the likes of Steven Curtis Chapman (the entire album Beauty Will Rise is worth your time) and many others. The newest album from TobyMac (the incomparable Toby McKeehan, formerly of dcTalk) was written in the aftermath of losing his son, Truett McKeehan. 

At the age of 21, Truett sadly died from an accidental drug overdose. A young man who was saved at a young age and lost his way, Truett was featured on several of Toby’s albums throughout the years. In interviews, Toby never shied away from the fact that Truett’s life had been hard on him and his wife. But their love for him was never in question. 

He passed away in October 2019. In January 2020, less than three months later, Toby released the raw, emotionally charged song “21 Years.” The final lines give me chills every time I listen, and I have no idea how he recorded them without breaking down: “21 years makes a man full-grown/21 years, what a beautiful loan/21 years, I loved every one/Thank You, Lord, for my beautiful son.” 

Seriously, I’m welling up again just typing that out. Mr. McKeehan was interviewed, naturally, by many outlets about all that happened. The predictable questions from agenda-based outlets were: Do you blame God? Are you angry with God? I was incredibly impressed by the answers both he and his wife Amanda gave, and this song is an apt summary of what they told many in the immediate aftermath. I’ve never met TobyMac in person, though I’ve been to his concerts several times and loved them all. But this song is filled with precious firsthand truths of a man who loves his Savior.

“Faithfully”

It’s been a long year, it almost took me down, I swear
Life was so good, I’m not so sure we knew what we had
I’ll never be the same man, I’ll never feel like I felt before
It’s been a hard year, it almost took me down, I swear

But when my world broke into pieces
You were there faithfully
When I cried out to You, Jesus
You made a way for me
I may never be the same man
But I’m a man who still believes
When I cried out to You, Jesus
You were there faithfully

I’ve had a hard time finding the blue in the skies above me
And if I’m keeping it real, I’ve been half-faking the happy they see
I may look like the same man, but I’m half the man I was
It’s been a hard year, it almost took me down

In my darkest hour, You met me
So quietly, so gently
You said you’d never leave, and You stood by Your word
So quietly, so gently
In all my pain, You met me
You said You’d never leave, and You stood by Your word

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