Pastor John Gray returned to the pulpit over the weekend following a hospitalization to treat life-threatening blood clots in this lungs.
In a video posted online Sunday, Aug. 14, the megachurch pastor stood before parishioners at Relentless Church and thanked God for saving his life.
“There is nothing God can’t do,” he said.
Gray, 49, noted his doctors advised him not to get too worked up while preaching, but he admitted he couldn’t hold back.
“I got a few minutes and I feel like preaching. But I can’t calm down, because I shouldn’t even be here!” he shouted.
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He then said he realized something was wrong back in July, while sitting on a sofa watching Family Feud. “The holy ghost said, ‘Get up now and go to the hospital,'” he recalled, adding that he hadn’t been feeling well for “over a month.”
When he arrived at the hospital, he told the medical staff he had shortness of breath and heart palpitations.
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After several tests, and several long hours, the staff asked him for his next of kin and gave him some grim news.
“The nurse is in the room talking to me, laughing, disarming me. Then somebody else rushes in and says, ‘We need to take you to ICU right now. We found blood clots in your lungs,'” he said.
They showed him the test results and said he was lucky to still be alive. “You walk in dead with this. You come in dead, 150,000 people die from this,” he recalled the medical staff telling him.
“I need you to understand, that I’m talking right now is a miracle by itself!” Gray told the church.
In a July 9 Instagram post, his wife Aventer Gray — who is co-pastor of the church — told her followers that Pastor John Gray had been admitted to a critical care unit with a saddle pulmonary embolism in the pulmonary artery and lung blood clots. She said he needed two types of surgery.
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Gray was initially hospitalized in Alabama before being moved to a medical facility outside Atlanta, as previously reported.
In a July 19 post on social media, he said he was able to go home and thanked God for “sparing” his life.
In 2018, Gray took over leadership of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina, where he serves as senior pastor. The church also has a campus in Powder Springs, Georgia. He previously served as associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
Gray was featured on the OWN docuseries, The Book of John Gray, and has made appearances on Red Table Talk, and TV One’s Unsung.
Listen to his comments below.