After Brian and I were married in California, we drove across the country for a southern reception. Then we spent a month visiting friends and family on the east coast.
While we were visiting my brother and his little family we participated in what they called “Scripture, Song and Prayer.” We decided that this was something we wanted to do with our own family.
I know many families have devotionals in the early morning, but our mornings are often crazy with staggered departures and, besides, we have a family of night owls. The earliest we can be fairly certain to have everyone in the same place is 9:00 PM.
So, evening it is.
We gather in our family room and read from the scriptures. The amount of time we spend reading fluctuates, depending on how late it is and on the attention span of our audience. When the children were little we often got out pictures of scripture stories and talked about them. After scripture reading, we sing a song. It is frequently a church song, but sometimes a traditional song or a fun song in a foreign language. (Brian speaks Japanese; I know some Spanish and a very little bit of German.) After the song we kneel for family prayer.
Scripture, song and prayer is a cherished tradition that I hope will continue through the upcoming generations.