A man and
woman who had lived together for many years unmarried came one night into our
meeting at Newcastle.
They did not know of each other's presence there. Neither knew what was
passing in the mind and heart of the other. At the end, in response to my
invitation, they both came forward among the penitents and I dealt with them.
Even while they knelt there before God, confessing their sins and seeking His
salvation and strength, each was ignorant that the other was among that
little company. But presently, of course, the situation was revealed to them,
and the look of surprise and joy on their faces was a sight that will never
be forgotten by me as long as I live. They told me their story, and I asked
what they meant to do. They said, "We cannot go home together to-night,
that is certain." I asked them if they knew of any reason why they
should not be married. They said there was none; and they ate their wedding
breakfast at our house. After this both led beautiful lives, adorning the
grace that had wrought this miracle in them.