From, through, to

Preposition: (noun) Any member of a class of words found in many languages that are used before nouns, pronouns or other substantives to form phrases functioning as modifiers of verbs, nouns, or adjectives, and that typically express a spatial, temporal or other relationship…

“From him, through him, to him are all things.”

These words form the bridge of a beautiful worship song called To You Be the Glory, by David Nasser, Mac Powell, Shane Everett and Shawn Lewis. I was part of the worship team which presented this beautiful piece on a recent Sunday at church. Our topic for worship that day was Soli Deo Gloria…to God alone be the glory. You should find it online and listen. Better yet, sing along and offer that praise to the one who is alone worthy of it.

But that bridge…those three prepositional phrases are what really struck me. At our church we talk about being relational, and so when I revisited the definition of a preposition, there was the idea of relationship in this particle of speech. This is how the relationship between us and our creator works. I know it is so obvious, but sometimes it just hits me in a fresh new way.

From him…are all things. Everything is a gift from God, not of our making or our work.

Through him…are all things. God, this infinite creator, is the means by which they are given and received.

To him…are all things. God will reconcile all back to himself for his glory.

I am constantly amazed to be one of these “all things” and I pray that this thing does reflect his glory.

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