Today I felt like these words were not Paul's, but my husband's. "I want you to understand, Honey, that what happened to me happened to further the gospel."
It brought to mind another verse, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." John 12:24
I haven't seen all the "fruit" yet from Jim's death, but I have seen many little shoots sprouting up. He planted many seeds in his life here, and I see how his death caused many of them to take root.