Sunday before last our Sunday School lesson was based on Deuteronomy 6:4-14.

I teach the class once a month.

But on the 5th Sunday of the month, it wasn’t clear who was scheduled to teach. Not knowing whether I needed to teach or not, I thought I’d  be prepared. The only problem was I did not have the teacher’s study guide because I share it with another classmate.

I had a book in my library that specifically talked about that  particular scripture, so I got it out and read the first chapter.

“Shema Yisrael Adonai Elohim Adonai echad.”  in English means “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.”

According to the book this is Judaism’s most important words.

And when Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was he quotes this verse.

Mark 12:29-30

New International Version (NIV)

   29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b]

As I studied for my class I recalled the first time I read the book, The Gospel According to Moses by Athol Dickson. I wrote about it in a previous blog.

I had cried that first time–by chapter 11 I was bawling.

And as I studied for my class, I wondered why I had cried.

So I turned to chapter 11 and read it.

And guess what?

I started bawling. Again.

I cannot explain why.

It wasn’t a sad cry. Nor was it a hopeless cry. I didn’t feel despair. Yet, I was crying.

It was, in fact, one of those cries that I laughed at myself for crying. Laughing and crying. Unexplainable.

Yet, I feel it was the Holy Spirit moving in me.