Tribute: Oswald MacLeod (3)

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Through the suggestion of Mr. Sam McEwen, our brother went to visit Mr. and Mrs. Fred Darcy, Sr. who had been saved in Virginia, but returned to Lenoir, NC. This marked the beginning of patient, labour in the gospel that resulted in the forming of the Hickory assembly.

“My Father; My Father: The Chariot of Israel, And The Horseman Thereof”

“Thou art a mighty prince among us'” could fitly describe our deceased beloved brother, Oswald MacLeod. He was a man of virtues and abilities as a teacher and shepherd amongst God’s people, and an evangelist with wisdom and love for the souls of men.

Laboring with him in gospel series, praying, visiting, preaching nightly, and living together was a joy and an honor. He endeared himself as a thoughtful, caring, and grateful fellow-worker. His insight with souls was keen and his approach and application of the gospel, plain and tender. Many saints in glory will rise up and call him blessed for having brought the gospel of God’s grace to their door.

He was meticulous in the study of God’s word. It was a delight to discuss passages of scripture with him and learn from the abundant store of knowledge he had committed to memory. This gave orderly character to his presentation of truth and depth and trustworthy quality to his counsel in shepherding.

I thank the Lord for the privilege of having experienced the friendship and fellowship of this noble servant of God. His gentle smile, his quiet, noble demeanor and reserved public appearance, clothed a big, generous, and tender heart. Widows, needy saints, sinners, and laboring gospel preachers knew the generosity of Mr. & Mrs. Oswald MacLeod.

May our loss of this man of God search our hearts to emulate the virtues that endeared him to so many hearts. He was a faithful friend and, while heaven is graced with his spirit, I feel the poorer while awaiting the return of our great Redeemer.