Jane’s letters to her sister, Cassandra, are long and full of detail. To save postage, people in Jane’s day wrote horizontally across the page until it was filled, then turned the paper ninety degrees and wrote across it again. Sometimes, they even turned the paper one more time and wrote across the sheet upside-down. It’s easy to imagine what joy Cassandra felt when she received a letter from Jane that began with “My dearest Cassandra” and was filled with lines and lines of news.
In this portion of her prayer, Jane prays for those whom she loves and values, for “every Friend & Connection,” and for those “divided & far asunder.” For Jane, this most likely included praying for her brothers in the navy, for any family who were traveling, and for friends and family who lived in other parts of the country. She asks God to keep them “under” his watchful eye of protection.
We are helpless & dependent; Graciously preserve us. For all whom we love & value, for every Friend & Connection, we equally pray; However divided & far asunder, we know that we are alike before Thee, & under thine Eye.
Is there someone you want to pray for regularly who is “far asunder,” either geographically or spiritually?