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BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.

Yet in our life here the question continually
arises : " Will it all end when death parts us ?"
My father and mother lived together more than
forty years, until they seemed to have only one
soul, so closely had their lives blended. They
thought alike, talked alike, almost looked alike.
My father died first, and after that my mother's
loneliness was pathetic to behold. She did not
complain ; she was sweetly submissive to God's
will. But her thoughts were not on earth.
She pined for the companionship she had lost.
" I want to go too," she would sometimes say.
In a little time she slipped away. Did they
meet again, those two gentle lovers, who had
lived together so long that their two souls had
blended into one ?
BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.

Yet in our life here the question continually
arises : " Will it all end when death parts us ?"
My father and mother lived together more than
forty years, until they seemed to have only one
soul, so closely had their lives blended. They
thought alike, talked alike, almost looked alike.
My father died first, and after that my mother's
loneliness was pathetic to behold. She did not
complain ; she was sweetly submissive to God's
will. But her thoughts were not on earth.
She pined for the companionship she had lost.
" I want to go too," she would sometimes say.
In a little time she slipped away. Did they
meet again, those two gentle lovers, who had
lived together so long that their two souls had
blended into one ?

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Friendships in Heaven.
BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.
" It seemeth such a little way to meAcross to that strange country, the beyond ;And yet not strange — for it has grown to beThe home of those of whom I am so fond jThey make it seem familiar and most dear,As journeying friends bring distant countries near.And so to me there is no sting to death,And so the grave has lost its victory ;It is but crossing, with abated breathAnd white, set face, a little strip of sea,To find the loved ones waiting on the shore,More beautiful, more precious than before."There is a story of a ship whose crew wererendered unfit for their duties by coming insight of their home-land. For many years theyhad been cruising in foreign waters. At lastthey came near their native hills. From thelookout came the shout " Home !" Instantlyall the men were wild with excitement. Someclimbed the masts, some stood on deck andstrained their eyes to catch a glimpse of dearscenes. Every heart beat with mingled hope272
 
Friendships in Heavenand joy. Old memories came thronging back.Wives and children and parents and homes werethere. In their delight the men left their postsand the ship was at the mercy of the waves.Other sailors had to be gotten from the shore tobring the vessel to her landing.Somewhat like this would it be with us inthis world, if we could see heaven and itsinhabitants, our loved ones among them, and allthe glories of that blessed home. We wouldbe unfit for our duties here. In our excitementof joy we should become unfit for our earthlytasks. It is better that we should not know allabout heaven. It is mercy that draws the veilbefore our eyes.Yet in our life here the question continuallyarises : " Will it all end when death parts us ?"My father and mother lived together more thanforty years, until they seemed to have only onesoul, so closely had their lives blended. Theythought alike, talked alike, almost looked alike.My father died first, and after that my mother'sloneliness was pathetic to behold. She did notcomplain ; she was sweetly submissive to God'swill. But her thoughts were not on earth.She pined for the companionship she had lost." I want to go too," she would sometimes say.In a little time she slipped away. Did theys 273Life's Byways and Waysidesmeet again, those two gentle lovers, who had
 
lived together so long that their two souls hadblended into one ?Some Sadducees came to Jesus with a ques-tion. A woman had been married seven times :which of the seven men would have her as hiswife after the resurrection ? The Master an-swered clearly : " The children of this worldmarry and are given in marriage : but they thatare accounted worthy to attain to that world andthe resurrection from the dead, neither marrynor are given in marriage. "What is the teaching ? Very clearly this — that marriage is a relation only for this earthlylife, and that it will not be re-established in theheavenly state. Nor will the marriage ties of earth be resumed as such in heaven. The hus-band and wife will not meet again as husbandand wife in the new society of heaven.Does this teaching startle some one ? Doesit mean that two who have lived together onearth as husband and wife, in tender and holyrelations, praying side by side, and walking to-gether in the way of God's commandments,shall not meet together in heaven and resumetheir close fellowship ? No ; Christ said notone word which can be construed to mean this.Husband and wife will not resume the marriage274Friendships in Heavenrelation there, but if their hearts are knit to-gether here in pure and holy love, they willmeet there in holy love. Certainly those who

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