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Mega-pastor Rick Warren is expected to recover after a yard accident at his California home that left him temporarily without sight and in "excruciating pain."

Warren, an avid gardener, was pruning a firestick plant in his yard on Monday when got some sap on his hands, wiped his brow and "immediately experienced excruciating pain in both eyes," according to his publicist, A. Larry Ross. His wife, Kay, called 911 and an emergency squad rushed him to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he stayed overnight before his release on Tuesday.

Ross said Warren is wearing protective contact lenses and is using ointment to treat a chemical burn to his corneas, and was briefly unable to open his eyes. Doctors expect he will recover, the spokesman told Christianity Today.

Warren tweeted, "Thank you for your prayers for my eyes. Another doctor visit this PM. May God use this pain for his glory. Rom. 8:28"

Earlier, Warren said in a tweet:

"My eyes were severely burned by a toxic poison. Hospitalized Mon. Excruciating pain. Now home. Pray my sight loss is restored."
Pastor Rick WarrenWarren's vision has since improved, Ross said, though the pastor was still experiencing some discomfort.

The accident happened at his home in Southern California, where he pastors the Saddleback mega-church that he founded 30 years ago.

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barbaraogwu

I love you Pastor Rick.
May God restore your sight in Jesus's Name.
Amen

July 30 2010 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
FRANKEY

YES,,,, Jesus Christ IS LORD and Loves YOU very Much !!!

July 24 2010 at 9:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
c8smum

let me get this straight: god healed this man (using a doctor/medicine of course) who got sap in his eyes. is this some sort of miracle? i don't think so. he made a stupid mistake and the doctors treated it.

too bad HE isn't more concerned in pediatric hospitals where children are dying from leukemia every day.

July 24 2010 at 1:16 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
nrbweck

I'm all for Rick getting healed, and I feel his misfortune has nothing to do with anything that God was involved in. It was an accident by a guy who did not know enough about the plant he was dealing with.

So,when you hear people like Pat robertson blaming the misfortunes of our country on the supposed fact we are displeasing God, you have to wonder whether Rush Limbaugh's going deaf, and Glenn Beck's going blind are also, in Robertson's view, evidence that God is displeased with them.

July 22 2010 at 8:34 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
LOU :-)

I feel sorrow for Rick, I have had vision trouble and I think people take their vision, earing and good health for granted. I will pray for Rick. Prayer works

July 22 2010 at 8:32 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
lanceswims

I hope he recovers, but if he was really blinded, how did he tweet?

July 22 2010 at 8:22 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
derrylpatm

Right now we are concentrating on praying for the full recovery of a fellow human being, a child of God, like all of us. The fact that he has built a mega church and associated organizations to help people is commendable. The fact that he has "twisted" God's Word to mean what he interprets, instead of God's meaning is something that God will deal with. Remember that salvation is not of works, but rather the works are the outcome of your salvation. Our pastor, Chuck Swindoll, has a whole different style of preaching/teaching in that it is totally scriptural and not "interpreted" by man, but rather the truly Christian man is the instrument to impart God's meaning. There is only ONE way to salvation, period. Jesus stated it and it is the truth. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.He died for all of our sins, so that we would not be lost, live a life without meaning, and after death, to be forever separated from Him. All of the natural events in the world today of destruction are right there in your Bible. Use your concordance and read it. Time is short!

July 22 2010 at 8:09 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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bartman

EXCELLENT, well-put post. You sure are fortunate to be in Chuck Swindoll's congregation.

July 22 2010 at 8:43 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
ldwyerkot

Don't we all twist and interpret God's word? We are, after all, finite and imperfect beings trying to understand the work of an infinite and perfect God. Or do you believe that you and your congregation are the only ones who interpret His Word correctly? We're supposed to be glorifying God with our words and deeds, not our pastors.

July 28 2010 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Buddy

I love the way some of you tie this in with religious implications. It has nothing to do with God. Pencil Cactus/Firestick sap is highly toxic. You get any on your skin or near your eyes, you're in for some pain. It's like lighting a stick of dynamite and wondering why the Lord decided it was your time to blow up.

July 22 2010 at 7:48 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Myrrh

Perhaps the lesson here is to USE the eyes God gave you, and then returned to you, to see the truth in the world.

July 22 2010 at 7:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jannetta

To pastor Warren I said a prayer for you today. I asked that God would restore your sight and heal you. Thank you for The purpose Driven life it gave me deeper understanding of what my purpose here is and now my walk with christ is closer. Thank you get well my prayers continue to you and your family.
Jan

July 22 2010 at 7:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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