DO YOU BELIEVE IN EASTER?
Edith Burns was a wonderful Christian who lived in . She
was the patient of 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 ?” 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
Beverly said, “Why yes I do.” Edith said, “Well, what do you believe about
?” 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 forever, and here you are having difficulty giving
me my ticket!”
Dr. Phillips thought to himself, “What a magnificent woman this Edith Burns
Edith continued coming to Dr. Phillips. 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 .”
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
; 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 . 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 you.”
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 day.”
Phyllis Cross said, “Edith, you have asked everybody here the question, ‘Do
you believe in ?’ 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 ? 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 .” Edith said, “Oh,
no, for you every day is . Happy Easter Phyllis!”
Two days later, on , 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
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 ?”
— Author Unknown