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
people. His favorite patient was Edith Burns.
One morning he went to his office with a heavy heart and it
because of Edith Burns. When he walked into that waiting
there sat Edith with her big black Bible in her lap
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
nurse, Beverly. Beverly had first met Edith when she was
her blood pressure. Edith began by saying, "My name is
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
and dressing up."
Edith kept pressing her about the real meaning of Easter,
finally led her to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Phillips said, "Beverly, don't call Edith into the
quite yet. I believe there is another delivery taking place
the waiting room.
After being called back in the doctor's office, Edith sat
and when she took a look at the doctor she said, "Dr. Will,
are you so sad? Are you reading your Bible? Are you
Dr. Phillips said gently, "Edith, I'm the doctor and you're
patient." With a heavy heart he said, "Your lab report came
and it says you have cancer, and Edith, you're not going to
Edith said, "Why, Will Phillips, shame on you. Why are you
sad? Do you think God makes mistakes? You have just told
going to see my precious Lord Jesus, my husband, and my
You have just told me that I am going to celebrate Easter
Forever, and here you are having difficulty giving me my
Dr. Phillips thought to himself, "What a magnificent woman
Edith Burns is!" Edith continued coming to Dr. Phillips.
Christmas came and the office was closed through January
On the day the office opened, Edith did not show up. Later
afternoon, Edith called Dr. Phillips and said she would have
be moving her story to the hospital and said, "Will, I'm
near home, so would you make sure that they put women in
next to me in my room who need to know about Easter."
Well, they did just that and women began to come in and
that room with Edith. Many women were saved. Everybody on
floor from staff to patients were so excited about Edith,
they started calling her Edith Easter; that is everyone
Phyllis Cross, the head nurse.
Phyllis made it plain that she wanted nothing to do with
because she was a "religious nut". She had been a nurse in
army hospital. She had seen it all and heard it all. She
the original G.I. Jane. She had been married three times,
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
her a shot. When she walked in, Edith had a big smile on
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
work, I'm not interested." Edith said, "Well, I will pray
have asked God not to let me go home until you come into the
Phyllis Cross said, "Then you will never die because that
never happen," and curtly walked out of the room.
Every day Phyllis Cross would walk into the room and
say, "God loves you Phyllis and I love you, and I'm
One day Phyllis Cross said she was literally drawn to
room like a magnet would draw iron. She sat down on the bed
Edith said, "I'm so glad you have come, because God told me
today is your special day."
Phyllis Cross said, "Edith, you have asked everybody here
question, 'Do you believe in Easter?' but you have never
Edith said, "Phyllis, I wanted to many times, but God told
wait until you asked, and now that you have asked..." Edith
took her Bible and shared with Phyllis Cross the Easter
the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Edith said, "Phyllis, do you believe in Easter? Do you
that Jesus Christ is alive and that He wants to live in your
Phyllis Cross said, "Oh I want to believe that with all of
heart, and I do want Jesus in my life." Right there,
Cross prayed and invited Jesus Christ into her heart. For
first time Phyllis Cross did not walk out of a hospital
she was carried
out on the wings of angels.
Two days later, Phyllis Cross came in and Edith said, "Do
know what day it is?" Phyllis Cross said, "Why Edith, it's
Edith said, "Oh, no, for you every day is Easter. Happy
Two days later, on Easter Sunday, Phyllis Cross came into
did some of her duties and then went down to the flower shop
got some Easter lilies because she wanted to go up to see
and give her some Easter lilies and wish her a Happy Easter.
When she walked into Edith's room, Edith was in bed. That
black Bible was on her lap. Her hands were in that Bible.
was a sweet smile on her face. When Phyllis Cross went to
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
receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be
Her right hand was on Revelation 21:4, " And God will wipe
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
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
"My name is Phyllis Cross. Do you believe in Easter?"