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Our Last Year in New Zealand, 1887

By William Garden Cowie, D.D., Bishop of Auckland

London: Kegan, Paul, Trench & Co., 1888.

Appendix H.

(See page 225.),

Holy Matrimony, that union of husband and wife on which God's blessing can be sought and is surely given, is most highly honoured in the Sacred Scriptures. God gave the first wife to the first husband in the Garden of Eden, when both were still in their original innocence. The Lord Jesus Christ worked His first miracle in Cana of Galilee at a marriage supper, turning water into wine,--a change symbolical of the added interest that married life may possess; and S. Paul compared the union of husband and wife to the perfect oneness of the heavenly Bridegroom and His Holy Church. It is not only by affording help to both in bearing the trials of life, and in augmenting its joys, that such matrimony may be amongst God's chiefest blessings; but also, and most of all, by the mutual aid that each may give to the other continually, in preparing for their perfect consummation and bliss in the Home of our Father who is in heaven. "If two of you shall agree on earth," said Jesus Christ, "as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven." By living day by day as His children, you will find yourselves ever more and more agreeing in what is the chief good to be desired; and thus, as heirs together of the grace of life, your prayers shall not be hindered.

That this may be your happy experience, is my earnest prayer for you both.

W. G. A.

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