Give Us Grace, Almighty Father

Born in Steventon, Hampshire, on December 16, 1775, Jane Austen entered the world a full month later than her mother “expected.” Her entire family eagerly anticipated her arrival, and from the beginning, Jane enjoyed a close relationship with her father. After his death when Jane was nearly twenty, she wrote these words to her brother Frank: “His tenderness as a father, who can do justice to?” She called him “an excellent Father” and referred to “the sweet, benevolent smile which always distinguished him.” Jane’s personal experience of a father surely shaped her understanding of God as a father. She grew up with a loving, attentive father—one who was interested, kind, and present. Jane begins this first prayer by asking for God’s “grace” (or help) to pray. She desires to speak to him from her heart, not just with her lips, and refers to him as her “Almighty Father.”

Jane prayed

Give us grace, Almighty Father, so to pray, as to deserve to be heard, to address thee with our Hearts, as with our Lips.

 

Are you in need of a loving, strong father in your life?

 

 

 

Dodge, Rachel. Praying with Jane: 31 Days through the Prayers of Jane Austen. Baker Publishing Group.

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Rachel Dodge

Rachel Dodge is a Jane Austen scholar and the author of Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen. She teaches college writing and literature classes and gives talks at local book clubs, libraries, and literary groups. Rachel is a regular contributor to Jane Austen’s World blog, Write That Book, Regency World Magazine, and the award-winning Inspire Writers blog. She was the keynote speaker at the Sacramento Public Library’s “How Austentatious!” series, Notable Books series, and 2014 Jane Austen Birthday Tea. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Southern California (B.A. in English and public relations) and California State University, Sacramento (M.A. in English literature). She wrote her Master’s Thesis on etiquette in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and won the 2005 Dominic J. Bazzanella Literary Award in non-fiction for “Pictures of (Im)perfection: Jane Austen’s ‘Delightful’ Elizabeth Bennet.” She is an active member of Inspire Writers, JASNA, JASNA Greater Sacramento, the L.M. Montgomery Institute, Write that Book, Literary Life, and several Downton Abbey and Jane Austen fan clubs.