Pastor John Gray of Relentless Church in Atlanta, Georgia, was released from a hospital on Tuesday after battling a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
"Because of God, this bed is now a testimony. As I wave goodbye to this bed, I say GOD THANK YOU FOR SAVING AND SPARING MY LIFE! Yes, I have a long way to go, but I'm not dead – so that's a great start!" Gray wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday evening that included a photo of an empty hospital bed.
As Christian Headlines previously reported, Gray was admitted to the hospital earlier this month after it was discovered that he was suffering from several blood clots and a pulmonary embolism, which could have ended his life.
His wife, Aventer Gray, posted periodic updates on her husband's health on social media so their followers would pray for his recovery.
In Tuesday's post, Gray said that the devil "wanted me to die in this bed."
"THIS BED! This bed was supposed to be my end. Pull the sheet over my head and wheel me to the morgue," the pastor said. "This bed, where I entertained my deepest fears, regrets, and triumphs, was supposed to be the period-A life ended, but unfinished."
As reported by The Christian Post, Gray spent the rest of his post thanking the medical professionals who treated him and their church campuses in Greenville, South Carolina, and Powder Springs, Georgia, for their prayers.
"I say thank you! It was GOD ALONE that turned the tide of this battle. I can't respond to every text I've received, and I still need a ton of rest, a lot of benchmarks to hit, outpatient follow-up visits, monitoring, and blah blah blah – but know I'm grateful for every expression; I am getting stronger," he wrote.
He also thanked his wife for her love and support during his health crisis, adding that he will make a special post for her once he's better.
"I love you with all I have – and with all I have left. You and our children made me fight to stay here," he said.
"I love y'all, now since I can't shout. Can y'all help me shout? I'M OUTTTTT!" Gray concluded.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.