February 8 Day 39
Genesis 19:23-30 (a portion of the text)
23 As the sun rose over the earth, Lot arrived in Zoar; 24 and the Lord rained down burning asphalt from the skies onto Sodom and Gomorrah. 25 The Lord destroyed these cities, the entire valley, everyone who lived in the cities, and all of the fertile land’s vegetation. 26 When Lot’s wife looked back, she turned into a pillar of salt.
27 Abraham set out early for the place where he had stood with the Lord, 28 and looked out over Sodom and Gomorrah and over all the land of the valley. He saw the smoke from the land rise like the smoke from a kiln.
29 When God destroyed the cities in the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot away from the disaster that overtook the cities in which Lot had lived. 30 Since Lot had become fearful of living in Zoar, he and his two daughters headed up from Zoar and settled in the mountains where he and his two daughters lived in a cave.
The Gospel of John 12:
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.
30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted upfrom the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.
34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”
35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.
Establish justice for me, Lord, because I have walked with integrity. I’ve trusted the Lord without wavering.
2 Examine me, Lord; put me to the test! Purifymy mindand my heart.
3 Because your faithful love is right in front of me—I walk in your truth!
4 I don’t spend time with people up to no good; I don’t keep company with liars.
5 I detest the company of evildoers, and I don’t sit with wicked people.
6 I wash my hands—they are innocent! I walk all around your altar, Lord,
7 roclaiming out loud my thanks, declaring all your wonderful deeds!
8 I love the beauty[c] of your house, Lord; I love the place where your glory resides.
9 Don’t gather meup with the sinners, taking my life along with violent people
10 in whose hands are evil schemes, whose strong hands are full of bribes.
11 But me? I walk with integrity. Save me! Have mercy on me!
12 My feet now stand on level ground. I will bless the Lord in the great congregation.
Prayer: “I am God’s child, deserving of love and respect, and God will use me to change the world.”