The Grand Ellipses

I listen patiently when I am waiting for reality to respond. I act impulsively when I have no idea what's going on . . .

"The Grand Ellipses … “? I love that moment when i’m thinking about something, or listening to something and i have that … moment. It’s that pause before you have your realization of clarity. So, i thought that would be a good name for this, to refer to that grand moment when we let our mind settle, let the questions and turbulence stir a bit and allow free thought to reign.

Refugees, Foreigners, Bible Study, Thanksgiving . . .

Lets not forget, on Thanksgiving, that we are much more than just calling ourselves American. As a people that robbed this land from an already existing people (an still existing people), we have an intellectual and moral responsibility to be honest about our founders tragedies, and do better. Our President-Elect, and his party (and family), have spewed a lot of of hate and division. We are better than that. We are better than him. We should be a nation of love, peace, empathy, science, philosophy, and intellect. Do not let the best of us escape you. Remember, we are the original foreigners of this land. We stormed it violently and won the war. 

So, on this Thanksgiving, lets look inward and give to those that our Founding Fathers took directly from. The issue regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline is a tragedy, and not even our current President is doing a damn thing about it . . . and our President-Elect owns stock in it. Be thankful and GIVE something to this cause. I, like many, can't be there to fight it directly. So then, we should do the best we can; give what you can afford to. 

As is proper from my Atheist loving heart, below are glorious examples of Trump and family displaying hateful regards and todays Thanksgiving Bible Study.

Don't be a dick. 

Hebrews 13:2New International Version (NIV)

2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=hebrews+13%3A2&version=NIV
Hebrews 13:16New International Version (NIV)

16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=hebrews+13%3A16&version=NIV
Luke 10:25-37New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+10%3A25-37&version=NIV
Luke 3:11New International Version (NIV)

11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+3%3A11&version=NIV
Matthew 25:35-40New International Version (NIV)

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+25%3A35-40&version=NIV
James 2:14-17New International Version (NIV)

Faith and Deeds
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=james+2%3A14-17&version=NIV
1 John 3:17New International Version (NIV)

17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+john+3%3A17&version=NIV
Philippians 2:3-4New International Version (NIV)

3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=phillipians+2%3A3-4&version=NIV
Leviticus 19:9-10New International Version (NIV)

9 “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=leviticus+19%3A9-10&version=NIV
Leviticus 19:33-34New International Version (NIV)

33 “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=leviticus+19%3A33-34&version=NIV
Exodus 23:9New International Version (NIV)

9 “Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=exodus+23%3A9&version=NIV
Job 31:29-34New International Version (NIV)

29 “If I have rejoiced at my enemy’s misfortune
or gloated over the trouble that came to him—
30 I have not allowed my mouth to sin
by invoking a curse against their life—
31 if those of my household have never said,
‘Who has not been filled with Job’s meat?’—
32 but no stranger had to spend the night in the street,
for my door was always open to the traveler—
33 if I have concealed my sin as people do,[a]
by hiding my guilt in my heart
34 because I so feared the crowd
and so dreaded the contempt of the clans
that I kept silent and would not go outside—
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+31%3A29-34&version=NIV
1 Corinthians 12:12-14New International Version (NIV)

Unity and Diversity in the Body
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[a] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+corinthians+12%3A12-14&version=NIV
Galatians 5:14New International Version (NIV)

14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=galatians+5%3A14&version=NIV
Luke 10:29-37New International Version (NIV)

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[a] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+10%3A29-37&version=NIV
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