Royal Park Place | Life Style Newsletter | March 2023

MARCH 2023

ROYAL PARK PLACE Life at Royal Park Place A Message from Jeff

Walk Humbly Recently, during one of our weekly leadership meetings, we discussed the familiar verse from Micah, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk

Walking humbly also means that I need to let God set the pace. Sometimes when I feel God leading me down a path that I like, I’m tempted to start running. I can get easily discouraged or even frustrated when I find obstacles or speed bumps in my way. Other times, when I’m not excited about where I think the path is taking me, I want to drag my feet or even dig in my heels. If we trust God’s wisdom, faithfulness, and love, we would be foolish not to walk humbly down the path He has chosen and at the pace He sets. But the real blessing of this command is that if we let God choose the path and the pace, we are not walking alone; we are walking with our God .

humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8) . I have read this verse and heard it in church many times, but I never really focused on the last command, to “walk humbly with your God.” What does this mean? I pictured myself walking a trail with Jesus and asked myself, what would it mean to “walk humbly” with Him? I believe that to “walk humbly” with God is to trust Him enough to let him choose the trail, or path, or road. As an avid hiker, I like to plan my hiking trips in advance and control where I’m going and what I’m hoping to see. But if I’m walking/hiking humbly with God, I need to trust that He knows where each path leads and where He wants me to go. Honestly, I may not always want to go down the path He chooses. Sometimes it can be pretty rough. But if I trust Him, I can submit to His leading. Hiking has taught met that it’s often the toughest trails that lead to the most rewarding destination!

Chaplain’s Corner: A Lenten Message from Chaplain Cindy

One of the busiest days at Royal Park Place is the day the foot doctors come to serve the residents! Whenever I see people lined up by the salon waiting to see the podiatrists, I’m reminded of a book I read with my son Adam when he was only about 8 years old. It was a very cultural read entitled “The World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers” and was about a contest where the winner was the individual who entered the worst smelling pair of sneakers. The winner, Sophie, was asked what her secret was to having such smelly shoes. She replied that she never wore socks and added that when her parents made her take a bath, she would hang her feet over the edge of the tub

Jesus got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him…When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. John 13:4-5, 12-15

and would NEVER wash them. Others who had entered the contest had gone to far more drastic measures to increase their sneaker odor, but the worst odor was produced by someone who just never cleaned their feet.

If the unwashed feet of Sophie, a 2nd grade girl, could win her a prize for the smelliest sneakers, imagine the intensity of the odor in a small room filled with several people who had been traveling in the dust and grime for days to reach their evening’s dinner destination.

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Washing the feet of guests was a job for the lowliest of household servants as people entered the home. Jesus gave His disciples an example of humble service in washing their feet, and then followed that with the ultimate act of service in giving His life on the cross. He wasn’t just telling His disciples to be nice to each other — He was motivating them to lives of service to God and service to everyone they came into contact with. Their prize for a life of “foot-washing” would be an eternal “crown of righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8) and that’s a far more desirable reward than the “ Golden Clothespin” trophy that Sophie won for having smelly sneakers! Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

Thank You A special thank you to Carolyn for blessing us on the first Monday monthly with her beautiful vocal rendition of the Lord’s Supper before lunch.

Prayer: Father God, help us to remember that in serving others, we are serving You. Fill our hearts with gratitude and keep our feet on the path that leads to You. Amen.” —Chaplain Cindy

March 12, 2023

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