Today is the UN International Day of Peace.
This year’s theme is sustainable peace - challenging the world to consider how our perspective and use of natural resources influences peace. Sustainable, far from just an environmental issue, has huge social implications. Today, let’s not forget that.
There can be no sustainable future without a sustainable peace. Sustainable peace must be built on sustainable development.And I think the nature-imagery of Isaiah’s peaceable kingdom offers a glimpse into the type of vision needed to sustain peace through sustainability that today is intended to represent.
The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious. Isaiah 11:6-10.