Anecdotage of Glasgow
Rev. Dr. Norman MacLeod working and Rev.
Dr. Watson praying
Rev. Dr. Macleod of the Barony Church, and the
late Rev. Dr. Watson of Dundee were travelling in the northwest on some
special mission, and had to cross an arm of the sea from one island to
another. During the passage the weather became stormy and the sea so rough
that there was the greatest
danger of the boat being swamped. In these perilous circumstances, Dr.
Watson suggested that one of them should engage in prayer to the Great
Ruler of the elements. One of the two boatmen who had been toiling at the
oars till they were almost worn out, looked over at Dr. Watson, who was a
man of small stature, and said:
may pray if ye like, sir, but this ane," pointing to Dr. Macleod, "maun
tak an oar." Anyone who knew the worthy Dr. Norman Macleod, or who knows
of him, can imagine what a hearty laugh he would take to himself at this
practical remark, so much in harmony was it with his own ideas of praying
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