Wadley mayor rocks the State House
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 5:31pm
It’s not every day a local mayor rocks the House; but, on Friday, March 10, Wadley Mayor Harold Moore did. He rocked the House of Representatives.
“It was an honor and a privilege; and, it was deeply humbling,” Moore said recently.
“Years ago when I was in high school, we went to the capitol with FBLA. I never thought I would be at the capitol one day speaking there. I appreciate our state representative (Mack Jackson) for having the confidence in me to speak before such a distinguished group of people,” he said.
March 10 was Legislative Day 31 under Atlanta’s gold dome. Rep. Mack Jackson (D-Sandersville) had selected Moore to be Chaplain of the Day and introduced him to the Georgia House of Representatives.
Besides being Wadley’s mayor, Moore is also pastor at Harts Grove Baptist Church in Stapleton. Jackson had been introduced by Speaker of the House Rep. David Ralston (R-Ellijay).
“Good morning,” Moore said.
“To the Speaker of the House Ralston, thank you for allowing me this opportunity to address this great body. To my representative, Rep. Mack Jackson, thank you for having the confidence in me; and, I want to say this, you have been a great role model to our district and I look up to you and I just want you to know that. I really thank you,” Moore said.
He addressed the members of the House, saying he wanted to personally express his gratitude for the job the representatives do and because of the legislative work they do.
“Our city is now beginning to flourish again because of legislative work like the TSPLOST and LMIG. We’re in your debt; and, I would like to say, thank you. As an elected official myself, I understand that you often face dilemmas; and, not all decisions are favorable to the majority,” Moore said.
“I would like to focus your attention to the Scripture, I Chron. 15:58 and it reads, ‘Therefore, my beloved brethren be steadfast and immovable. Always abounding in the work of the Lord knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.’ I’d like to say to you this morning to remember, and this is something I’m sure that all of you know, remember to trust God.
“The Bible says, ‘Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.’ St. Augustine said it this way, ‘Trust hard work. Pray as if everything depends on God and work as if everything depends on you.’ So, two things you can remember; to trust God and to trust hard work,” the mayor said, adding he tells his sons all the time they can always depend on hard work.
He said he has two sons, both of whom are athletes.
His older son tried out for the basketball team.
“He was the smallest fellow on the team; but, he was the hardest worker. And it was his first year; and, he had eighth graders that were going out and the coach came out and said, ‘I’m going to have to tell you, I’m going to have to start your son. And it’s not for any other reason; but, he has outworked everybody else.’”
Moore said his son thanked the coach for the opportunity; and, the coach thanked the boy for his hard work.
“’That is what spoke for you today,’ Moore said the coach told the mayor’s son.
“So I would just like to remind you today to trust God and to trust hard work. I’m reminded of a story of an acorn that was planted deep in a forest next to an oak tree. And a few years went by; and, the acorn began to take root. It sprouted up and became a small tree so he turns to the oak tree and he asks him, he said, ‘Am I an oak tree yet?’
“And the senior tree looked at him and said, ‘Little buddy, I’ll let you know when you become an oak tree.’ And so a few more years go by and the little, small acorn has gotten a little bigger and now he has some hair on his chest and he turns to Mr. Senior Oak Tree and he says, ‘Am I an oak tree yet?’
“And senior turns to him and says, ‘Little buddy, I told you I would let you know when you become an oak tree.’ A few more years go by and now the little acorn is no longer an acorn, he’s no longer a small tree. He stands just as tall as Mr. Oak Tree. And he looks to him and he said, ‘Am I an oak tree, yet?’
“And Mr. Senior said, ‘Little buddy, I’m a little frustrated now; but, I told you year after year that I will let you know when you become an oak tree.’ So, a storm hits the forest and trees are being thrown all over the forest and being uprooted and pulled. And Mr. Senior Oak Tree takes a little dive and then he shakes himself and pops back up. Then the Little buddy takes a dive and he pops back up. And then more trees are being thrown around and the storm is just tearing up the forest.
“After the storm subsides, the senior oak tree looks around and dusts himself off and he looks at some of the friends he thought would be there many years. They’d been there the whole time and he said, ‘They’re no longer there. They didn’t last through the storm. They weren’t rooted enough to stand the storm.’
“And he looked around and he said, ‘I thought they would make it. I thought he would make it. And then he turns over to the other, Little buddy, and he said, ‘After the storm is passed, after the dust is settled, today, you’re an oak tree.’ And I would like to say to you today storms will come. And we’re facing storms all over America; but, storms can’t last.”
The mayor finished his story by referring to a song sung in his church that says, “I’m so glad that trouble don’t last always.”
“I would like to say to you today if I was in an African-American church, I would say, ‘Turn to your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, you’re looking at an oak tree.” Oh, I know that I have some oak trees in here this morning. I know that there are some oak trees somewhere. Some of y’all have gone through some storms. Some of y’all have known what it means to be troubled; but, you’re standing in these seats today, not because you’re a representative, not because of your title; but, because you weathered the storm. And I would like to say that I’m looking at some oak trees. Let us pray.”
In his prayer, Moore asked God to bless the nation, state and assembly.
“I pray that you will grant them wisdom,” he said. “Our prayer is simple today, dear Lord. Heal our nation.”
“We have a chaplain of the day every day that we’re in session,” Jackson said in an interview. The chaplain has 15 minutes, offers a prayer and then the members of the House say the Pledge of Allegiance, he said.
“Harold was chosen because it was Clergy Day; and, I’m in charge,” the representative said. Clergy Day is held once a year.
“I didn’t tell him (Moore) what to say,” Jackson said. “I just asked him to be a blessing; and, he was.”