July 22nd, 2010
12:34 PM ET
Pastor Rick Warren hospitalized after eyes burned
Megachurch pastor Rick Warren is home recovering after his eyes were burned as he pruned a firestick plant in his yard, his spokesman told CNN Thursday.
Warren was hospitalized Monday after the incident and released Tuesday, said his spokesman, A. Larry Ross. Warren is expected to make a full recovery, Ross said.
"My eyes were severely burned by a toxic poison," Warren wrote in a Twitter message Thursday morning. "Hospitalized Mon. Excruciating pain. Now home. Pray my sight loss is restored."
Though the pain was initially so intense that Warren could not open his eyes on Monday, he was seeing well enough Thursday to send the Tweet himself, Ross said. "The pain was excruciating - 12 on a scale of 1 through 10," Ross said. "It's now down to an 8."
Warren was pruning shrubs in the yard of his Southern California home when he wiped his eyes after picking up leaves from a firestick plant, Ross said.
The sap of the firestick is toxic and can cause skin irritation and temporary blindness if it comes in contact with the skin or eyes, according to the website gardenguides.com. The firestick is a succulent with spiky orange branches.
Warren is currently on leave from his church, called Saddleback, to write a book, so the injury is not expected to affect his public schedule, Ross said.
"A doctor put protective contacts on my corneas as bandages during the healing," Warren said in another Tweet on Thursday. "I am NOT blind."
The firestick is found around the world, Ross said, and grows well in Southern California.
"Pastor Rick, an avid gardener, purchased it locally himself," Ross said.
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Many Atheists are cruel, bitter, angry, lifeless, and lost! There are very few respectful loving Atheists; it is very rare that we have them. They love to attack God and His people, but when I place information on exposing them, they get offended? Hmmm, truth does really hurt when it is told! They think that they have life figured out when in fact they know NOTHING!!!! They decide to delete my comments because they know that what I am saying IS NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH!!! That just lets me know how weak and powerless they are. May God help them, deliver them, and set them free from all demonic forces of darkness that has kept them in darkness and save their souls that are damn if they don’t repent!
Why do they even bother fighting God if they say He doesn’t exist? Sadly, they will find out when they die, it will be too late for repentance!
Atheists are cruel, bitter, angry, lifeless, and lost! They love to attack God and His people, but when I place information on exposing them, they get offended? hmmm, truth does really hurt when it is told! They decide to delete my comments because they know that what I am saying IS NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH!!! That just lets me know how weak and powerless they are. Many Atheists are cruel, bitter, angry, lifeless, and lost! There are very few respectful loving Atheists; it is very rare that we have them. They love to attack God and His people, but when I place information on exposing them, they get offended? hmmm, truth does really hurt when it is told! They think that they have life figured out when in fact they know NOTHING!!!! They decide to delete my comments because they know that what I am saying IS NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH!!! That just lets me know how weak and powerless they are. May God help them, deliver them, and set them free from all demonic forces of darkness that has kept them in darkness! May God help them, deliver them, and set them free from all demonic forces of darkness that has kept them in darkness!
he saw a Tom Cruise movie
I guess Pastor Rick missed the part where Jesus told the rich man to give his money away.
How ironic! I am not religious but I do feel sorry for the pain this person suffers. It's a funny thing that we have all these good Christians ready to fight for this guy over what is being said about him but probably are the very ones who castigate President Obama or sit by while their buddies do so daily. This is why I would never follow a religion where people have to tell me what their god means. People have agendas and they use gods to justify them. Get well, Rick Warren, and be a better person once you do.
The comments here represent the same level of bigotry and hatred to equal the worst of so-called Christians (e.g. Fred Phelps and his cronies). Funny, it's Christians who are the ones usually portrayed as hypocrites (and often rightfully so), but I guess it's just a natural state of being human. Hmm... Perhaps Christians aren't so off-base when they say we're all sinners in need of a savior.
I agree! There too may so-called Christians that proclaim to be someone they are not. We are supposed to represent Christ outside of the walls of the Church and yes we all need Christ Jesus as our Savior, we all have sin and fallen short of the Glory of God. No one is perfect, no matter if you are a Christian.
"You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom. Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble."
Jesus of Nazareth, Sermon on the Mount, 29 A.D. (Matthew 5:10-12, The Message)
Matthew 7 1 DO NOT judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves. 2 For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you. 3 Why do you stare from without at the very small particle that is in your brother’s eye but do not become aware of and consider the beam of timber that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, Let me get the tiny particle out of your eye, when there is the beam of timber in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first get the beam of timber out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother’s eye.
That darn George, what is he doing picking on poor Mr. Warren?
If next time his leg were to get amputated in another gardening accident, is he also going to ask people to pray to their skydaddy to restore his leg?
The Lord works in mysterious ways...
Cnn tricked me into clicking this link when they put "Bush burns Rick Warren"
come on Vin, do really think all headlines are literal?
I asked this man (Rick Warren)for financial assistance to help save our church....Got the song and dance about "do you know how many people ask for help. We can not help then all". Has he saved any? I do not mean donated to them,I mean saved from closing the doors from foreclosure. The amount was a pittance compared to what he has. Through the grace of God we are still here but still struggling. God bless.
Warren must have been role playing as Moses.
Mark, are you saying , God don;t like me , by giving me a couple million???Why would his son say, " he that sells his house and gives to the poor shall receive a hundred fold ??? and eternal life...
Is this the true BURNING BUSH
You know, there are people in this country that really need prayers. This guys a big fat baby. When he had his sight he was blind. Maybe now he'll open his eyes and heart to people who aren't like him.
Typical, CNN blames this on Bush!
God made the fire bush he was pruning fully knowing he would one day become another oppressive religious leader using the Sweet Lords Name for personal gain. The good lords hope was that perhaps making him blind, he would see his inability to tolerate people for their differences and truly accept people if their beliefs and life choices might not match what he does. That is the true way of A God.
Whether you read any of his books, whether you have ever attended the Church he is a pastor at, and whether he is a Christian really should have no bearing as to wanting him to get better. While there may be a joke in this in the future, right now is not the time (and it really is never the time to be hateful). Let's be human.
Anita. I'm not sure there is anything more truly hateful than a human.
Maybe a sharktopus...