Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rick Warren hospitalized

Rick Warren, the well-known mega-church pastor, is apparently something of a gardener extraordinaire. At least, he was striving to be so when he was injured by one of his own plants. While pruning shrubs in his Southern California home he inadvertently wiped his eyes after touching a firestick plant.  Firestick plants are very toxic, but are highly regarded by many gardeners for its desert-themed beauty. It has been known to cause temporary blindness if it comes in contact with the eyes.

In a Twitter post Thursday morning Warren wrote,
"My eyes were severely burned by a toxic poison. Hospitalized Mon. Excruciating pain. Now home. Pray my sight loss is restored." He later commented, "The pain is excruciating - 12 on a scale of 1 through 10."  Rick is a brother in Christ and a fellow servant of the Cross (though one I've occasionally strongly disagreed  with). As it happens, he is also a fellow gardener (hopefully he is organic--care for the planet dude).

Here's my word to Rick Warren: Rick, you are in my prayers today brother.  But from one pastor gardener to another, next time just plant ivy instead. Perhaps having plants that can blind you is a little too much.

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