Pastor Rick Warren Recovering After Gardening Accident

“Purpose Driven Life” author and celebrity Pastor Rick Warren was briefly hospitalized with an eye-injury suffered in a home gardening accident in southern California, a Saddle Back church official said Thursday.

While tending to two firestick plants in his yard Monday, milky resin from the plant got into Warren’s eyes when he wiped his brow, church spokesman Larry Ross said. “He experienced excruciating pain — on a scale of one to 10 it was a 12,” Ross said.

On Thursday Warren thanked his followers on Twitter for their prayers. “May God use this pain for His Glory,” Warren tweeted. He tweeted that protective contacts had been placed on his corneas as bandages to help them heal. “I am NOT blind,” he tweeted.

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