Excerpt from Sermon Preached Before the Synod of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island: In Connection With the Church of Scotland, on June 26th, 1866
All work is honorable the more difficult the more honor able; the higher the nature of that on which, and the aims with which we work, the more honorable; the nobler the companionship the more honorable the work. Of his work in the ministry St. Paul specially speaks in this chapter; and he strikes a higher key than David, who often cried, God is my helper; for such language indicates a separation between God and man; shows us man, weak, depressed, in danger, and the mighty God coming down to his rescue; whereas St. Paul's words imply a perfect oneness between man and God, a sympathy and companionship in labor, a unity of aim and effort. And this thought was a living reality to the apostle; seemed to be ever before him; and was expressed by him again and again, both in \his speaking and writing.* I. - What is the work of God? The large earth, seamed with rich ores, rock-ribbed and knit together, carpeted with soft grass and many ﬂowers the luxuriance of summer and harvest; 'the landscape winking through the heat'; 'the quiet tune of a hidden brook'; rolling prairies and vast depths of woodland; billowy mountains stretching far to the horizon the wise ways, the unerring instincts of ant and bee.
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