I am not ashamed to admit that I am an avid Star Trek fan. The famous Vulcan blessing rings well in my ears and here is why.
Life is full of complicated choices. As we hopefully make better decisions the older we get, there is often a very little of anything that we can do about these messy choices of our immature youth. Sometimes they follow us for a lifetime.
I have made bad decisions in my youth which led to lessons learned, to wishing that I had the opportunity to take the test again. I have noticed that very often, life presents us with the opportunity to take the test again and hopefully make the right choice this time. It doesn't do much for the people we may have hurt but it helps clean the slate of our soul. This is where longevity helps: As long as we are alive, we have the opportunity to a second chance; to sort of clean up our mess. I do believe that God allows second chances. So when we wish someone a long life, we extend to them the hope of a second chance. When we try to stay alive as long as possible we allow for these second chances to happen.
In his role as a Vulcan, Léonard Nimoy used a hand gesture as he gave the Vulcan blessing. Being openly Jewish, he used the hand gesture from the ancient Jewish Temple ritual of the Aaronic blessing issued by the priests over the nation of Israel. The gesture copies the Hebrew letter 'shin’ which represents the Name 'El Shaddai’. That blessing says, “The LORD bless you, and keep you: The LORD make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Deuteronomy 6:24-26).
May the blessings of His contenance turned towards us allow us all second chances.
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