February 7 Day 38
Genesis 19:15-22 (CEB)
15 When dawn broke, the messengers urged Lot, “Get up and take your wife and your two daughters who are here so that you are not swept away because of the evil in this city.” 16 He hesitated, but because the Lord intended to save him, the men grabbed him, his wife, and two daughters by the hand, took him out, and left him outside the city.
17 After getting them out, the men said, “Save your lives! Don’t look back! And don’t stay in the valley. Escape to the mountains so that you are not swept away.”
18 But Lot said to them, “No, my lords, please. 19 You’ve done me a favor and have been so kind to save my life. But I can’t escape to the mountains since the catastrophe might overtake me there and I’d die. 20 This city here is close enough to flee to, and it’s small. It’s small, right? Let me escape there, and my life will be saved.”
21 He said to Lot, “I’ll do this for you as well; I won’t overthrow the city that you have described. 22 Hurry! Escape to it! I can’t do anything until you get there.” That is why the name of the city is Zoar.
The Gospel of John 12:20-28
20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. 27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”
Psalm 25:13-22 (Common English Bible)
God will teach them which path to take.
13 They will live a good life, and their descendants will possess the land.
14 The Lord counsels those who honor him; he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are always looking to the Lord because he will free my feet from the net.
16 Turn to me, God, and have mercy on me because I’m alone and suffering.
17 My heart’s troubles keep getting bigger— set me free from my distress!
18 Look at my suffering and trouble— forgive all my sins!
19 Look at how many enemies I have and how violently they hate me!
20 Please protect my life! Deliver me! Don’t let me be put to shame because I take refuge in you.
21 Let integrity and virtue guard me because I hope in you.
22 Please, God, save Israel from all its troubles!
Prayer:“I am God’s child, deserving of love and respect, and God will use me to change the world.”