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The Preposition: A Little Word with Big Connections

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A Word From The Word

It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all plants. (Mark 4:31-32, NLT

A Word For Writers

The Preposition: a #devotional for #writers based on Mark 4:31-32 with Word Wise at Nonprofit Copywriter #WritingTips #grammar

A preposition is a simple word that can be easy to overlook – a word like at, for, in, off, on, out, over, under, until, and with

To be grammatical about it,  a preposition is “a word that is used before a noun, a noun phrase, or a pronoun, connecting it to another word.” 

Connection: these feisty little words indicate relationship! 

No wonder prepositions are packed into the Bible. God is all about relationships.

A good example is in Matthew 1:23: “God is with us” (NLT). In this verse, “with” is the preposition word. It reveals God’s relationship with man when Jesus came to earth as a baby – He became present as a human.

In scripture, these itty-bitty prepositions show all kinds of other relationships, like:

  • Location: In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge (Genesis 2:9)
  • Time: Christ came at just the right time. (Romans 5:6)
  • Proximity: Sinners will have no place among the godly. (Psalm 1:5)

A mustard seed, said Jesus, is the smallest of seeds – but it becomes the largest of all plants.

Preposition words may be small, but their ability to connect brings about big understanding.

Like this:

Christ died for us so He could live in us. 

A Wise Word

A preposition is a little word that plays a big role in connecting ideas.

A Word To Pray

Heavenly Father,

You are interested in relationship. Let me choose words wisely as I write. Help me show powerful connections in direction, time, place, and location.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.


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