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Purple Easter FlowersEdith 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 and his favorite patient was Edith Burns.

One morning he went to his office with a heavy heart,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 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 the 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,
"Hello, 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.

Well after being called back into 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, it's terminal and you're not going to live much longer."

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 see Dr Phillips. Christmas came and the office was closed. 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 to the hospital and said, "Will, I'm very near home, so would you make sure that they put women 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, came to be saved in that room. 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. Had seen it all and heard it all. She was the original G.I. Jane. She had been married three times, and 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."

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Phyllis said, "Then you will never die because that will never happen," and promptly 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 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 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 took her Bible and shared with Phyllis 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 said, "Oh I want to believe that with all of my heart, and I do want Jesus in my life." Right there, Phyllis prayed and invited Jesus Christ into her heart. For the first time Phyllis did not just walk out of that hospital room, she was carried out on the wings of angels.

Two days later, Phyllis came in and Edith said, "Do you know what day it is?" Phyllis 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 came into work, did some of her duties and then went down to the flower shop to get some Easter lilies. She wanted to see Edith and give her the 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 on the Bible. There was a sweet smile on her face. When Phyllis went to pick up Edith's hand, she realized Edith was gone. She had gone home to be with Jesus her Lord and Savior.

Her left hand was on John 14:2-3 "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there you may be also." 

Her right hand was on Revelation 21:4, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death neither sorrow, nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things have passed away."

Phyllis took one look at Edith, and then lifted her face toward heaven, and with tears streaming down here cheeks, said,

"Happy Easter, Edith - Happy Easter!"

Phyllis walked out of the room, and over to a table where two student nurses were sitting. She said,
"Hello, 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 e-mail, he'd do the same for you.


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