The official portrait of Gov. Haley Reeves Barbour, Mississippi's 63rd governor, who served from 2004 to 2012, was unveiled at the state Capitol on April 3. The Rev. Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III, the senior minister of The First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, offered a prayer. He said:

David, in his last words, says: "When one governs justly over men, ruling in the fear of God, he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth." (See 2 Samuel 23:3-4)

Thank you, Gov. Barbour, for leading this State justly and in the fear of God. You have blessed this people.

Let us pray.

Almighty God, Ruler of all, we come before You on this happy occasion to give You thanks for Your civic mercies on us, and to honor the faithful public service of our former Governor, your servant, Haley Barbour.

We thank You that he governed with a strong sense of personal accountability to You.

We thank You too he led with a principled commitment to do what was right, not what was easy, expedient or popular.

We thank You that he was concerned for the flourishing of all the people of this State, and aimed to foster and secure it through personal and public, fiscal and moral responsibility.

Your servant's governance was attended with Your blessing upon us, and so in gratitude we pray that You Yourself would bless his person, his family and his current and future public service.

And we crave Your undeserved but continued favor upon this people and State.

This I ask, for all the citizens of Mississippi, in Jesus' name. Amen.