By all accounts, Jane did embody a “benevolent spirit toward every fellow-creature,” in her relationships with her friends, acquaintances, and family. She was particularly loving toward her nieces and nephews. It doesn’t appear that Jane’s writing schedule or personal agenda ruled her life or her days or that she was annoyed by the talk, play, or presence of small children. In fact, quite the reverse seems true. Jane was generous with her time and her talents.
Austen family letters and memoirs show that Jane was a loving and affectionate aunt who enjoyed family life and entertained the children in her family with “the most delightful stories, chiefly of Fairy-land,” in which “her fairies had all characters of their own.” And though she wrote quite prolifically in the latter part of her life, she still spent time with her family and was reportedly “the general favourite with children; her ways with them being so playful, and her long circumstantial stories so delightful.”
May the comforts of every day, be thankfully felt by us, may they prompt a willing obedience of thy Commandments & a benevolent spirit toward every fellow-creature.
Is there an area of your heart that shrinks back from wholehearted, full-bodied love for God?