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Murdo Macdonald

I have been a confessing Christian member of Back Free Church congregation for over forty years, going to the Lord’s Table for the first time in the spring of 1960. My late wife, Mary, also took this step on the same day.

During my younger days, prior to the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, it was the done thing for the youth of our day to regularly attend church. I was the oldest in a family of three sons and one daughter. Unfortunately, and in the mystery of God’s providence, my dear mother, who had hitherto lived life to the full, became subject to depression which rendered her incapable of communicating with our father and ourselves during our tender years. She sadly passed away in June 1939. These were very sad and sorrowful years for us all to bear, but God’s work of providence are beyond our understanding.

I was called up shortly before the outbreak of War in 1939 and I served in the Navy, spending all the war years at sea, often in dangerous situations. I thank God that my life was spared.

Following the war, I again continued to attend Church and was greatly impressed by the preaching of the late Rev Alexander Macleod. When Rev Murdo Macaulay became our minister in 1956 the Gospel message slowly but surely began to affect my thoughts. All things gradually became new. This remained the case for several years until the Lord gave me the will to become a member. I will never know the exact day or hour when I was born again, but I can say through faith that I was blind once, but now I see. My conversion was unlike that of other fellow Christians who suffered periods of terrible conviction of sin before coming to faith. They were “Philippian Jailers” but I belonged to “Lydia’s crew”. Their testimonies disturbed me, but I gradually realised that the important issue is true conversion, and not the way or manner by which a man is born again, as there are many variations. My eternal hope is based on what the Lord Jesus Christ has done in my room and stead, certainly not because of any merit of my own. I have experience long ago what Robert Murray McCheyne experienced, when he could say: -

“I once was a stranger to grace and to God”

And when old Rev John Newton, a great sinner, saved by grace, could say: -

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,

That saved a wretch like me;

I once was lost but now am found,

Was blind but now I see.”

Murdo (Moley) Macdonald