What Is A Trailing Ellipsis?

Ever since I can recall, I have used three dots at the end of some of my sentences.  I don’t know when the habit started but it marks all of my writing even to this day.

Ellipsis is defined as :

1a: the omission of one or more words that are obviously understood but that must be supplied to make a construction grammatically complete.  It can also indicate a leading statement, a nervous or awkward silence, a slight pause, or an unfinished thought that trails off into a silence,

b: a sudden leap from one topic to another,

2: marks or a mark (as …) indicating an omission (as of words) or a pause.

I believe I use it mostly to cause a person to stop after my statement to reflect on what was said.   In addition to the use of ellipsis in punctuation, I have always been able to “see” metaphor in the ordinary things around me.   This has helped me with writing poetry and with Christian dream interpretation through the years.  This gift from the Lord makes it possible for me to “leap” from the natural realm to the spiritual as I apply the metaphor from what I see.  This “ellipsis” built into me is what has prompted the writing of this devotional because I believe anyone can adopt this way of thinking.

snowy woodsI recently re-read and studied a favorite poem by Robert Frost entitled “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”.  It reminded me that there are many amazing and beautiful things we’re granted access to every day, but too frequently don’t stop to behold or at the least, fail to recognize.  Think of it as a kind of ellipsis – an omission.

Many people walk through each day barely noticing the world around them.  In our haste to meet our obligations, we pass by these beauties.  We are so busy and I fully understand that responsibility. But in the midst of it, I encourage you to begin to take in the small marvels along the way and discover what God wants to teach us from our surroundings.

This devotional blog is designed to help you pause and look for the “ellipsis” around you; those unfinished thoughts that need to be stated to be understood; to embrace the many wonders hidden in plain sight and to help you relate those things to your relationship with our Creator, Father God, whose loving imprint appears everywhere we look.  It’s almost as if He has marked everything in this world with three trailing dots, just waiting for us to discover what is behind the pause.

I have prayed for each of you who will join me on my journey of discovery. My desire echoes that of God’s Word in 1 John 1:3 & 4 as well as that of Ephesians 1, verses 18 & 19a

“what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.”

“I pray that they eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.”

May you find joys unspeakable as you commune with Jesus and meditate on Him through these daily devotional pages.Trailing Ellipsis

Always in Jesus,
Desirée Figg

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