Jesus on growth and Joni Mitchell’s “How Do You Stop?”

This Sunday—the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost—Jesus tells a couple of agricultural parables, underscoring the motifs of seeds and growth in relation to the kingdom/realm of God. In my sermon today, I connected this motif with a Joni Mitchell song in her Turbulent Indigo album, “How Do You Stop?” There are two lines in particular that jump out at me, and speak to me of the inevitability of growth in the natural life-cycle. This growth in the natural life-cycle is, I think, one of the most powerful life-forces in God’s creation. The two lines are: “How do you stop the ripening corn?/How do you stop a baby being born?” Hope you enjoy the video here.