The meaning of Easter .


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 Easter?"

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


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 room.

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 asked." 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


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?"


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