But you know what else he shared? He said that he cannot explain it, but, he feels almost privileged. He feels as if he is being purified. He actually described himself as feeling "white hot" (and this on a day that is -12 degrees!). Another phrase he used was that he is "almost thankful" for this.
He inspired all of us this morning with his words and the peace that was in his face. We read some verses together which discussed the very things he shared:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. James 1:2-3
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Thankfully, he has some options for where he is going to stay. And, we all know that God has a great future planned for him! (Jeremiah 29:11)