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Hamish Macdonald

 

I was born on 23rd April 1943 at Drumdyre, a farm in the Parish of Resolis, Ross-shire. My father was a farm worker and throughout my childhood we moved from farm to farm. My childhood was, in many ways, quite sad as I received a mixture of schooling as we were never settled for very long on one place.

My father was not a religious man, in fact he was the exact opposite, always swearing and blaspheming. My mother, I believe, was brought up by godly parents but being unequally yoked, seemed to have given up.

We eventually moved to a farm on the outskirts of Beauly where I finished my schooling. My first job was in a garage in Beauly though I did not like it. Later I started working for a fruit and vegetable firm in Inverness. The years passed and I lived my life pursuing the pleasures of this world.

During this time I met the girl who was to become my wife. She was a girl from the Island of Lewis and it was while I was visiting her parents that I heard grace said at mealtimes and the Bible read morning and evening for the first time.

When we got married we made our home in Inverness and I must confess nothing changed. I sought my pleasures in the world whilst Margaret would take the children to the East Church. All this time, Margaret would be trying to get me to go with her, with little or no success. However, as time passed I started going (to keep the peace as it were).

By this time I was working for Esso and things were good. It was during this time that I started going to church more often. During one of the morning services Rev Macdonald was preaching ‘Christ and Him crucified.’ As I listened, this great truth hit home to my heart with great force. Jesus died for ME! My heart broke, I was crying inside and longing for the service to finish. On arriving home I went upstairs to my bedroom and the tears flowed as I asked the Lord to forgive me. I fully believe that He did. 

I felt that a great burden had been removed. The following days were filled with great joy. I thought that my heart would burst. I started reading the Bible and all things became new to me.

One day, during a return journey from Aberdeen, I was filled with such peace that I can scarcely describe it. It was heavenly. That was in 1990 and I have gone on hand in hand with the Lord ever since and by His grace will continue to do so till He takes me home.

‘Behold, God is my salvation. I will trust, and not be afraid: For the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song. He also is become my Salvation.’

 

Hamish Macdonald

Inverness