by Rev. D G MacDonald
It was with an enormous sense of sadness that we learned of the passing of Rev John H Maclean yesterday (12th February 2020). There are not the words to express how much he was loved and how much he will be missed. He was a loving husband to Morag, his trusted helpmeet and partner in the work of the Gospel, a devoted father and best friend to his son Martin, and a father-in-law who welcomed with open arms into the family his daughter-in-law, Shivonne. It is our prayer that they will know Lord, the God of all grace, comforting and carrying them at such a sad time.
John was a man who loved people and loved preaching for he was a man who above all things loved his Saviour. His enthusiasm for preaching the gospel was unmatched, even in the past few months when he was no longer able to preach, he was still preparing sermons.
From the age of 17 he proclaimed the Gospel faithfully and powerfully always believing it was the power of God to salvation for those who would believe. His ministry in Lairg and in Trotternish was owned and blessed by God and he was used by Him in the much wider church to bring many to Christ. John’s optimism was unbridled and his willingness to serve the church in any way he could, made him that rare individual who would never hesitate to serve on committees or to undertake huge administrative tasks, and he did so with genuine enjoyment.
His gravitas and wise counsel in the Presbytery of Skye and Wester Ross provided stability during difficult times, and his friendship and encouragement to colleagues over the years were invaluable. He truly was a good and faithful servant. But today it was time for him to enter more fully into the joy of his Lord. He is now before the throne of God and will serve him night and day in his temple, and the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be his shepherd and lead him to springs of living water, and God will wipe every tear from his eyes.
We are comforted by that Gospel hope, but we still feel the pain of the parting and will miss him immensely.