|“…And only the Master shall praise us and only the Master shall blame;
And no-one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame;
But each for the joy of the working and each, in his separate star
Shall draw the thing as he sees it for the God of things as they are.”
Rudyard Kipling’s words, “and no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame; But each for the joy of the working,” adequately apply to the Reverend Daniel Moore, Sr. An examination of the life of the Reverend Daniel Moore, Sr. reveals a man that labored for God, his family and his fellowman. Born in Bossier Parish, Louisiana to the late Mr. and Mrs. Levi Moore December 1, 1900, he was a man small in statue, yet he had a big heart!
Jesus taught that the measure of true greatness is to be found in willing service.
Daniel Moore did not pastor any large or great churches in the Louisiana Conference. He did not attain any great heights or positions on a district or Conference level. His name will not appear on any local church cornerstone denoting any contribution he made to its erection. No, man’s definition of greatness will not apply to Daniel Moore, Sr., but in the sight of God he was a man small in statue, yet he had a big heart!
When we come to the end of life and look back upon how we have spent our days, the important thing is not the power we have gained, the reputation we have achieved or the property we have accumulated. The thing that matters is the service rendered.
On December 24, 1923, Daniel Moore married the gracious and lovable Miss Lillie B. Coleman. She was an inspiration and blessing to their marriage and his ministry. They were blessed with five sons: William, Shreveport, Louisiana, Daniel Moore, Jr., Boise, Idaho, Levi Moore and Elbert Moore, Seattle, Washington, and McArthur Moore, San Francisco, California; two daughters; Mrs. Johnnie Williams, Shreveport, Louisiana and Mrs. Velma Fredieu.
Daniel Moore had no college or seminary degrees and yet, despite being nearly 60 years old when he entered the active ministry of the United Church he never lost his zest for knowledge and trying to prepare himself to be one of God’s able servants. It was this writer’s pleasure to drive him or travel with him, from one end of this nation to the other—North, East, South or West—to pastor schools, seminars and other training institutes to help him as he would say, “to keep abreast of the times, the church, and you young fellows.” This search for truth, and to know, he transferred to his sons and daughters; consequently most of them are college graduates.
Daniel Moore served the Louisiana Conference at Bradford Chapel and Pilgrim’s Rest United Methodist Churches beginning in 1958. He retired from the active ministry at the May 1973 session of the Louisiana Annual Conference but continued working in the retired relationship until his sudden demise at 9:30 A.M. on July 11, 1973.
With his brief pastoral ministry brought to a close here on earth he now moves on to a better reward. Let us in the inner resources of our being listen, as we hear with Daniel, the words of the Master as He welcomed him home: “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1974; p. 148 By Abraham E. Davis|