“We have an eloquent testimony to the ultimate restoration of the world from the great Syrian poet-theologian St. Ephrem:
At our resurrection, both earth and heaven will God renew,
liberating all creatures, granting them paschal joy, along with us.
Upon our mother Earth, along with us, did he lay disgrace
when he placed on her, with the sinner, the curse;
so, together with the just, he will bless her too;
this nursing mother, along with her children, shall he who is Good renew. “
(from Elizabeth Theokritoff, Living in God’s Creation, p. 38)