Updated: Nov 5, 2019
The Shema is the Jewish confession of faith.
It is our belief too.
When I wrote the post, Not Just a Jewish Belief (click on title to read), I mentioned "mezuzahs." A mezuzah is a decorative container containing a small parchment scroll with the first two portions of the "Shema" liturgy written on it in Hebrew. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21.) Jewish people attach the mezuzah to the doorpost of their home to remind them of this belief:
Jesus told us this is the greatest commandment.
Jesus answered, "The foremost is, 'HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.'
In looking up pictures of mezuzahs for that post, I came across a mezuzah necklace and ordered one. I love it!
(They no longer sell the Mezuzah Shaddai necklace pictured here. But they sell one similar - the Mezuzah Shin necklace - you can buy here. There are several meanings for the word "Shin". One of the meanings is "to change for the good." Another is "steadfastness in one's faith.")
I have a beautiful artisan cross with a heart on it. And when wearing it I often finger it and remember the sacrifice Jesus made for me. I thank Him for the grace I've been given.
The mezuzah necklace is the same way for me. I'll be wearing it, sitting at my desk at work and I start playing with it. And I think, 'I love you God with all of my heart and soul and might.' It isn't a good luck charm. I don't believe in luck. The mezuzah necklace just reminds me of the Shema, the greatest commandment. It makes me take a moment during my day and think of Him.
Reminders are good. Smile.