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A Consecrated Soul

Dear Editor,
I found some writing on the internet after having read in the Bible, I think it was in the book of Samuel? But one of the chiefs of a tribe said to his people, “Consecrate yourselves,” as they were about to go into a situation where someone would have to atone for a wrong-doing, against the other tribe.
Now my thoughts were like most people, “I thought you had to be blessed by an Elder who has been given official rights.
On the contrary, according to some information I found on the internet originally written on October 23, 2019 by a Christian Elder. Apparently, like the text in the Bible, you can consecrate yourselves. There are ten steps you need to consecrate yourselves.
Nine of which can be used by any faith, the single one that might be considered solely Christian is the requirement to be baptized. I feel blessed that I have been baptized twice by two different Evangelical churches, and I have been anointed with oil three times, once by an Evangelical church and twice most recently by Apostolic Orthodox churches, but I am not sure it is necessary.
Though I am using Christian vows, I am choosing to be non-denominational. As long as you stand for Human Rights, seek God from within yourself, you will be on the right track regardless of your faith. The real purpose of religious ceremony is not to profess your faith, and that is how so many religions get off track. The real purpose is through deep reflection ongoing daily, you will bring yourself to a vibrational holiness that is considered spiritual and ethical reflecting a Divine likeness as stated in Leviticus 19:2. Again, I only know Christian doctrine to explain what is not solely Christian at all.
I have found over many years of seeking God, more than 48 years, all true faiths will promote Love and Peace, no matter from which continent. Many people who have experienced a devastating war in their homeland often come to the understanding that forgiveness and love bring peace. Let’s skip the war and jump straight into forgiveness, Peace and Love. That is where I stand as I consecrate myself today.

Gina Lynell

Renewing my subscription so The Sun keeps shining. It is comforting to know that we are all in this together, and that we can count on the Alameda Sun to help sustain us.
Thank you for all that you do.

Patti Stein

Humanity has been thrown a curve ball and the new “human project” has been decided for us: we have no choice but to weather the 21st century coronavirus pandemic. People now are nervous, burdened with uncertainty and increasingly isolated. Anything we can do at the grassroots level to let people know they are not alone in this crisis is a huge step forward.

There are countless creative acts, large and small, taking place across the island.  Ordering take out from our local restaurants is the neighborly thing to do; upping donations to Meals on Wheels will pack bang for the buck. And for self-care, you may already be attending church services via Zoom or Facebook.

Create a neighborhood “mutual-aid society” by establishing a phone tree of neighbors. Have each neighbor write down what they could do to help out should the call come. Distribute the list. Use it. Stay in touch with each other.  Some may already have a CERT neighborhood watch group. Repurpose it for the pandemic.  

Adopt an Elder. Routinely ask if next time you went shopping (on-line or in person) you could pick something up. Those neighborhood libraries?  Use them as a drop-off box in which you leave little surprises for those on their walks. Or perhaps a few non-perishable items or toiletries — items some may not have and would feel uncomfortable asking. Or leave a small bouquet of flowers nearby for their enjoyment.

Join or organize a local letter-writing campaign. Send letters to our senior centers and nursing homes. Turn your kids loose on a letter-writing Monday. Pick a specific time of day, let your neighbors know you will be on your porch (sidewalk) each day at that time and ask them to join you on their porch to share a wave and shout-out.  Perhaps a neighborhood sing-along will be heard on the Island.

If engaged in campaigning (calls, emails), use all outreach to check up on the welfare of your voters — personally.

Reach out. Have hope. We are strong, loving and resilient. We can do this, Alameda —  we just need each other to see it through.