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The nurturing words gathered here offer the courage to move toward recovery and healing and to summon faith and grace in the midst of pain to anyone who is ill, as well as to their families and friends. Wise and compassionate, this uplifting volume encourages readers to find solace in simplicity, take comfort in ritual, and welcome the healing touch of a loved one's warm embrace. A thoughtful and lasting bouquet of good wishes, culled from a wide variety of sources and traditions, provides the inspiration and confidence to be still, live in wonder, celebrate triumphs, reclaim dreams, give thanks, and get well.
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GET WELL WISHES

Also by June Cotner

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Animal Blessings

Back to Joy

Baby Blessings

Bedside Prayers

Bless the Beasts

Bless the Day

Christmas Blessings

Comfort Prayers

Dog Blessings

Family Celebrations

Forever in Love

Garden Blessings

Graces

Gratitude Prayers

Heal Your Soul, Heal the World

The Home Design Handbook

House Blessings

Looking for God in All the Right Places

Miracles of Motherhood

Mothers and Daughters

Pocket Prayers

Say a Little Prayer: A Journal

Serenity Prayers

SOAR! Follow Your Dreams

Teen Sunshine Reflections

To Have and To Hold

Toasts

Wedding Blessings

GET WELL WISHES

PRAYERS AND POEMS FOR COMFORT AND HEALING

BY JUNE COTNER

FOREWORD BY ALLEN KLEIN

Copyright © 2015 by June Cotner.

All rights reserved. Except for brief passages quoted in newspaper, magazine, radio, television, or online reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording, or by information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

Published in the united States by Viva Editions, an imprint of Start Midnight, LLC, 375 Hudson Street, Twelfth Floor, New York, New York 10014.

Printed in the united States.

Cover design: Scott Idleman/blink

Cover photograph: Lyn Randle/Getty Images

Text design: Frank Wiedemann

First Edition.

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Trade paper ISBN: 978-1-63228-006-0

E-book ISBN: 978-1-63228-012-1

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available.

DEDICATION

Get Well Wishes

is dedicated in memoriam to my dear friend who inspired all

who knew him:

Brian Cox

(1950-1999)

This book is also dedicated to my friends

who have fought or still fight the daily battles that illness entails:

Janine Canan,

Joanie Guggenmos,

and

Virginia Lynn Eathorne

I have great respect and admiration for your grit,

determination, and courage.

Thanks for helping me see that every day is truly a gift.

This book’s for you…and please, be well.

Contents

FOREWORD BY ALLEN KLEIN

LETTER TO READERS

THANKS

one | COMFORT

Do Not Be Afraid

Still Waters

Angel Promise

From Your Friend

Unending Love

To a Dear Friend

Breathe Deeply

Angel Embrace

Each Day You Call My Heart, O God

A Quiet Comfort

Testing, Testing…

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Prayer for Protection

If

Let Nothing Disturb You

Peace I Give unto You

If I Could

two | FAITH

A Life Jacket

Take My Hand

3 AM

Steps

Grace

The Skies Are Full of Promise

Chippewa Song

Great Expectations

Believe

Safe Passage

Prayer in Time of Trouble

I Will Not Be Overcome

Like Jacob in the Morning

Psalm

Do Not Lose Heart

Reflections on Faith

three | COURAGE

This Day

Grace

So You Mustn’t Be Frightened

Facing the Facts

A New Song

Letting Go

At Peace

Do the Best

The Beginning

Reflections on Courage

Grief

Where There Is…

Stubborn Faith

Do What You Can

Somehow

four | HOPE

Hope Will Come Again

Hanging by a Thread

Don’t Give Up

Prayer from a Hospital Bed

Hope

Sowing, Reaping

Spring Is My Faith

The Essence of Touch

Pray

An Assignment

Patience

The Tide Will Turn

For We Are Here,

Rejoice

Hoping

five | HEALING

Rx

Twilight Cure

In the House of the Sun

Get Well

Sanctuary

For Healing

This I Know

Why Not?

Woman to Woman

For a Dear One at a Dark Time

Reflections on Healing

Now

Live Quietly

Take Time

Be Patient

The Best Cure

Renaissance

For a Friend Lying in Intensive Care Waiting for Her White Blood Cells to Rejuvenate after a Bone-Marrow Transplant

Angel Wings

A Thousand Angels

Sink into Stillness

Surrender to Wonder

six | REFLECTIONS

I Live in Wonder

In the Midst of Greatest Sorrow

How to Endure Pain

Tomorrow

In the Midst of Pain

Pain

The Best We Can Do

Permanent Gifts

Hope from a Cancer Survivor

Lines in the Sand

A Meditation on Acceptance

What Really Counts

The Final Score

The Sources of Human Strength

In Sickness

Sweet Child,

Steadfast Hope

Difficulties

The Journey

The Way of All Flesh

Our Way

Reflections

Attitude

Be Curious

Reflect

seven | GRATITUDE

The Guest House

Peace Begins Within

To the Gardener of the World

Unknown Blessings

The Gifts of Illness

A Good