Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) says that three angels appeared at his hospital bed following his massive stroke last year.
For Mark Kirk, there was no white light, no tunnel. What Illinois’ junior U.S. senator experienced was three angels standing at the foot of his bed. “You want to come with us?” Kirk was asked. “No,” he told them. “I’ll hold off.” Kirk’s life and outlook would be dramatically changed, the stroke serving as a defining moment that he said deepened his faith and altered his sense of purpose. Sitting at the dining room table of his suburban townhouse, his left arm slack, Kirk gestures emphatically with his right hand as he says the experience made him resolve “to never, ever give up.”
Kirk concedes that he doesn’t know if the angels were a dream, a medication-created hallucination, or a near-death experience, but his “angel encounter” is being widely touted on Christian sites. On Thursday Kirk laboriously climbed the steps of the Capitol Building for the first day of the 113th Congress.