It is through the daily practice of reading the Bible in the family circle that children come to know the story of the Bible. In the discussion that follows they are impressed with the morality of God and the wonder of the promises He has made to those who love and fear Him. As they grow in years and maturity those simple lessons and exhortations are replaced by their own personal study and meditation on the Word of Life.

At times when we gather to “do the readings” we can make variations to what has become the normal practice of reading five verses each. Although to the youngsters these variations may just seem novel, parents realise that they are tools being used to impress the message and encourage concentration on what is being read.

One such variation which several families recently found rewarding was in the reading of the Song of Solomon. Many brethren and sisters with their families have completed the project of colouring in the different characters in the dialogue of the Songs. It is therefore a simple exercise to appoint different members of the family to read the words spoken by the different characters. By doing this, the interchange of discussion between the parties becomes very apparent, which helps with the appreciation of the subject of the book. This also helps the younger members to come to understand the highly poetic and parabolic language that is used.

This practice of reading in parts those sections where there is much dialogue in the readings certainly gives an interesting variation to the normal pattern and helps the young (and not so young too) to take a greater interest in what is being read. Other sections of the Word that lend themselves to this form of reading are Ruth and many of the chapters in the Gospel records. In these sections one person would be chosen to be the narrator to read the text between the direct words of those involved in the discussions.

This method of doing the readings “in parts” could offer an interesting activity for our young people, and open the door for much positive discussion after the readings.

Note: If you would like to colour code the different sections of the Song of Solomon a breakup of this can be found in several of the sets of notes that are available on this book.