Like a Seed – Bethany J Melton








Like a Seed



Like A Seed  is a personal essay based on the parables Jesus told to describe his coming kingdom—his breaking in— using seeds, leaven, wheat, and mothers in labor. It draws out the slowness of these parables with stories from the artist’s own life, alongside the truth of what Tolkien called eucatastrophe— “a sudden and joyous turn.” Jesus comes again, and it will be eucatastrophic; but before the sprout, there’s the slow opening of the seed. 



Bethany J Melton writes from her home on a road called Edgewood, where she takes long walks, reads Wendell Berry novels, and tries to garden like Beatrix Potter. She journals on her blog about truth, hope, and home, and her work can also be found on Story Warren and The Rabbit Room. 




  • Karen entered the PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management and consulting, followed by service in pastoral, social and theatre ministry. Under the supervision of Trevor Hart, she is exploring theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate student-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. As Editor of Transpositions, she is fostering a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept.