Earthcare

Prayer Flag by Roger Vincent Jasaitis, Copyright 2013 RVJart.com
Prayer Flag

Whoever blesses themselves in the Earth,

shall bless themselves in the God of Truth.

Isaiah 65:16

My niece asked me to make a prayer flag for her church congregation in Kentucky. A curious mixture of Buddhism and Christianity, I was intrigued and created the flag in the photo.

I have been studying the life of Edward Hicks, a 19th century Quaker minister and artist. He created a series of 39 paintings based on a passage in the book of Isaiah, The Peaceable Kingdom. In reading further into Isaiah I came across the passage that I used on the prayer flag. It speaks to me of Earthcare.

I recently saw the movie The Life of Pi. It is a powerful story about the nature of man and the nature of nature. I saw the lifeboat as a metaphor for the Earth. Neither we nor the animals will survive if we don’t learn to live together in harmony on this planet.

The Book of Isaiah 11: 6 & 7 reads;

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

Edward Hicks used these passages as metaphor for resolving religious differences in the Quakers of his day. To me these passages are a prophecy for a future world. I can’t see the nature of the animal world changing. However, I don’t see why the nature of man can’t change.  Can’t we as a species see that the destruction of ecosystems and the extinction of animals and plants is not in our, or the worlds, best interests?

Can Earthcare become a testimony that we can hand down to our children?