Hundreds of his friends and supporters gathered in the Montgomery County Courthouse on January 29th for the swearing in of Judge Jimmy Pool. While the entire ceremony was quite impressive, a powerful prayer was the highlight of the day. The prayer given by Pastor Walter Albritton was powerful and appropriate for the occasion. It’s one that should be kept and read daily by every judge in Alabama and by every person associated in any manner with the state’s judicial system. I am setting it out in its entirety:
Almighty God, creator and sustainer of the universe, loving Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon you to bless your servant, Jimmy Bryan Pool. Give him an understanding heart that he may judge the people before him fairly and justly, and earn the trust of the people of this District. Enable him to serve both you and the people with dignity and grace. Bless him with the wisdom to serve wisely, in the fear of the Lord, so that his decisions will never be tainted with injustice or partiality. When he has exhausted his own wisdom, keep your promise to give your wisdom liberally to those who ask for it. Give him strength of character to the extent that no one may have cause to question his integrity. Shield him by your grace from the Tempter’s insidious offers to use his influence for personal gain.
Grant that the heavy weight of his responsibilities will not rob him of his rich sense of humor. Save him from the ugly arrogance of a pompous attitude. When he makes a mistake, as all people do, give him the courage to admit it and correct it. Daily fill his heart with gratitude and humility for the privilege of his office. Give him compassion for those who stand before him, with fear and trembling, awaiting the justice that our laws require. Guide him to know when his decisions need to be seasoned with mercy. Allow him to leave at last such a shining legacy of fairness and faithfulness that Montgomery may be known across the land as a city of righteousness. Anoint then this day your servant Jimmy Bryan Pool with all the grace he needs to fulfill the duties of his office. In the name of Jesus Christ, the coming Judge of us all, Amen.
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