We are all Children of the Earth, regardless of what you personally believe concerning creation, or evolution, or anything of the sort.
I often wonder why we humans set ourselves above nature, above other forms of life and consider ourselves to be the only spiritual form of life here on Earth. After all, if you believe in the Bible, you will know that Genesis says: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Notice he just did that for man….not for woman.
The book of Common prayer says: “In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to Almighty God our brother “Any man”; and we commit his body to the ground; earth to earth; ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The Lord bless him and keep him, the Lord make his face to shine upon him and be gracious unto him and give him peace. Amen.
The same type of thing is mentioned in the Apocrypha, Sirach 10:9
If one is not of a religious bent, but purely scientific, I believe it would take even less convincing that the components of our body are transformed into some other form of matter once the spark of life leaves us. Matter is not created or destroyed, it only changes form. If you are buried, or if you are cremated…if you are given to the sea, you will eventually return “to the Earth”
Many times when I am standing in a natural setting, such as I was this morning, on a solitary, circular track, in a thick and hazy fog, with just the sound of the birds and crickets, I feel as if I am in just as sacred a spot as St. Peter’s Cathedral.
I’m in touch with creation, I am in touch with God….
I am a child of the Earth, just like every other creature who crawls, swims or walks on this globe. And one day I will return to it. No matter where the spirit within me goes, I feel like it will be at peace.