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Edith Burns was a wonderful Christian who lived in San

Antonio, Texas. She was the patient of a doctor by

the name of Will Phillips. Dr. Phillips was a gentle

doctor who saw patients as people. His favorite

patient was Edith Burns.

One morning he went to his office with a heavy heart

and it was because of Edith Burns. When he walked into

that waiting room, there sat Edith with her big black

Bible in her lap earnestly talking to a young mother

sitting beside her.

Edith Burns had a habit of introducing herself in this

way: "Hello, my name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in

Easter?" Then she would explain the meaning of Easter,

and many times people would be saved.

Dr. Phillips walked into that office and there he saw

the head nurse, Beverly. Beverly had first met Edith

when she was taking her blood pressure. Edith began

by saying, "My name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in


Beverly said, "Why yes I do."

Edith said, "Well, what do you believe about Easter?"

Beverly said, "Well, it's all about egg hunts, going

to church, and dressing up." Edith kept pressing her

about the real meaning of Easter, and finally led her

to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Phillips said, "Beverly, don't call Edith into the

office quite yet. I believe there is another delivery

taking place in the waiting room.

After being called back in the doctor's office, Edith

sat down and when she took a look at the doctor she

said, "Dr. Will, why are you so sad? Are you reading

your Bible? Are you praying?"

Dr. Phillips said gently, "Edith, I'm the doctor and

you're the patient." With a heavy heart he said,

"Your lab report came back and it says you have

cancer, and Edith, you're not going to live very long."

Edith said, "Why Will Phillips, shame on you. Why are

you so sad? Do you think God makes mistakes? You have

just told me I'm going to see my precious Lord Jesus,

my husband, and my friends. You have just told me that

I am going to celebrate Easter Forever, and here you

are having difficulty giving me my ticket!"

Dr. Phillips thought to himself, "What a magnificent

woman this Edith Burns is!" Edith continued coming to

Dr. Phillips. Christmas came and the office was closed

through January 3rd. On the day the office opened,

Edith did not show up. Later that afternoon, Edith

called Dr. Phillips and said she would have to be

moving her story to the hospital and said, "Will, I'm

very near home, so would you make sure that they put

women in here next to me in my room who need to know

about Easter."

Well, they did just that and women began to come in

and share that room with Edith. Many women were saved.

Everybody on that floor from staff to patients were so

excited about Edith, that they started calling her

Edith Easter; that is everyone except Phyllis Cross,

the head nurse.

Phyllis made it plain that she wanted nothing to do

with Edith because she was a "religious nut". She had

been a nurse in an army hospital. She had seen it all

and heard it all. She was the original G.I. Jane. She

had been married three times, she was hard, cold, and

did everything by the book.

One morning the two nurses who were to attend to Edith

were sick. Edith had the flu and Phyllis Cross had to

go in and give her a shot. When she walked in, Edith

had a big smile on her face and said, "Phyllis, God

loves you and I love you, and I have been praying for


Phyllis Cross said, "Well, you can quit praying for

me, it won't work. I'm not interested."

Edith said, "Well, I will pray and I have asked God

not to let me go home until you come into the family."

Phyllis Cross said, "Then you will never die because

that will never happen," and curtly walked out of the


Every day Phyllis Cross would walk into the room and

Edith would say, "God loves you Phyllis and I love

you, and I'm praying for you."

One day Phyllis Cross said she was literally drawn to

Edith's room like a magnet would draw iron. She sat

down on the bed and Edith said, "I'm so glad you have

come, because God told me that today is your special


Phyllis Cross said, "Edith, you have asked everybody

here the question, 'Do you believe in Easter?' but you

have never asked me."

Edith said, "Phyllis, I wanted to many times, but God

told me to wait until you asked, and now that you have


Edith Burns took her Bible and shared with Phyllis

Cross the Easter Story of the death, burial and

resurrection of Jesus Christ. Edith said, "Phyllis, do

you believe in Easter? Do you believe that Jesus

Christ is alive and that He wants to live in your heart?"

Phyllis Cross said, "Oh I want to believe that with

all of my heart, and I do want Jesus in my life."

Right there, Phyllis Cross prayed and invited Jesus

Christ into her heart. For the first time Phyllis

Cross did not walk out of a hospital room, she was

carried out on the wings of angels.

Two days later, Phyllis Cross came in and Edith said,

"Do you know what day it is?" Phyllis Cross said,"Why

Edith, it's Good Friday."

Edith said, "Oh, no, for you every day is Easter.

Happy Easter Phyllis!"

Two days later, on Easter Sunday, Phyllis Cross came

into work, did some of her duties and then went down

to the flower shop and got some Easter lilies because

she wanted to go up to see Edith and give her

some Easter lilies and wish her a Happy Easter.

When she walked into Edith's room, Edith was in bed.

That big black Bible was on her lap. Her hands were in

that Bible. There was a sweet smile on her face. When

Phyllis Cross went to pick up Edith's hand, she

realized Edith was dead. Her left hand was on John 14:

"In my Father's house are many mansions. I go to

prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive

you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be

also." Her right hand was on Revelation 21:4, " And

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there

shall be no more death nor sorrow, nor crying; and

there shall be no more pain, for the former things

have passed away."

Phyllis Cross took one look at that dead body, and

then lifted her face toward heaven, and with tears

streaming down here cheeks, said, "Happy Easter, Edith

- Happy Easter!"

Phyllis Cross left Edith's body, walked out of the

room, and over to a table where two student nurses

were sitting. She said, "My name is Phyllis Cross. Do

you believe in Easter?"

If you believe in Easter, forward this on. God works

in wonderful ways, and to believe in his power is to

truly be free. If Jesus had email, he'd do the same

for you. (Actually, maybe He just did)
We never know how God will use us. It was a good story, how is God using you today? It should make us all think. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Your sister in Christ
AlabasterBox :girl:

Brought tears in my eyes...thanks for sharing the woderful story with us....
you never know how good will use you..he has his ways...
GBU sunset

THANK YOU SO MUCH for this story you shared with us. It is a beautiful story and like everyone else it brought tears to my eyes with goosebumps..

God Bless!
Jenn :rose: