But however much a father may do, or mother be, there is the finer work of father and mother together, the two acting as one in this holy ministry of love. The highest union of all is needed for this most sacred trust and task. The union of hearts comes first as loves work begins. The technical union of lives leads to the actual union of two lives into one. There needs to be a perfect union of hearts as lovers and friends living together, real full harmony of spirit under and above and through all the differences of opinion and of viewpoint that go with strong individuality.
Then there needs to be yet more: a deeper union of lives, a fuller, more closely interwoven union of lives as father and mother for the children's sake. The loom of common life together, with Love tending the loom, will do yet closer and closer weaving, if allowed to. Here is a new reason for oneness. These two are to be one, in the thought of the growing child.
And that means a real union under the surface. For there is no keener eye nor understanding, than that of the child. He is conscious of the oneness, or the lack of it, long before he is conscious of being conscious, before his lips could put the half-born thought into words.
And then there is a step higher up. As the unseen Father in the home is allowed full sway He will be weaving the highest union of all, the union of character. The father will be growing the mother traits; and the mother the father traits, until God's word "father" shall be true of the two together as it cannot be of either one alone.