For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that you had heard that he had been sick.…
All the events of life are precious to one that has this simple connection with Christ of faith and love. No wind can blow wrong, no event be mistimed, no result disastrous. If God but cares for our inward and eternal life, if by all the experiences of this life, He is reducing it and preparing for its disclosure, nothing can befall us but prosperity. Every sorrow shall be but the setting of some luminous jewel of joy. Our very mourning shall be but the enamel around the diamond; our very hardships but the metallic rim that holds the opal, glancing with strange interior fires.
(H. W. Beecher.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.