Jesus, you show me how to descend, how to live a life of descent. You teach me that it is better—better for us, better for others, and better for you-—if we live lives of descent. You teach me that . . . to give, to serve, to see, to notice, to care, to love, to offer my strength to others, to
live for others . . . is what brings purpose, fulfillment, joy to my life . . . not my own ascent. Jesus, I trust you. I choose a life with purpose, fulfillment, and joy. I choose a life of descent. Amen.