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"Do You Believe In Easter?" - The Parable of Edith Burns

John 3:16-17: Romans 5:8

This story is one of many inspirational fiction writings from the pen of Russell Kelfer who was an elder and Bible teacher at Wayside Chapel in San Antonio, Texas until his death in 2000.

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 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 you."

Phyllis Cross said, "Well, you can quit praying for me. It won't

work and 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 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,

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, 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 14:2

"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 her 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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