I HAVE seen too--once indeed I possessed, so I write from memory--a most exquisite shell, composed of two halves, which joined together make up one flawless heart.
Each separate half is beautiful, shaded with darker and lighter rose tints, worked in grooves and curves, and finished with a notched edge. Yet each by itself remains obviously imperfect and purposeless.
Join them together and notch fits into notch; each brings out, proves, achieves, the perfection of the other.
Does such an illustration seem to excel and shame the possibilities of even the highest and purest human love?
Nay, but St. Paul quoted that same mutual human love in illustration of a Love which is not human merely but Divine also: --
"A man . . . shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the Church."