We are getting a taste of what prisoners’ lives are like – without the terrible living conditions they face.
So says musician Bryn Haworth, reflecting on life in lockdown with Cindy Kent on CRE TV – part of CRE At Home 2020.
‘Two in a cell, toilets in the room, locked up for between 22 and 23 hours a day,’ he explains. ‘In prison you lose your freedom and a lot of us outside are experiencing this. But it is terrible for them and I am wondering when we finally go in, what kind of mental state they will be in because it must be awful.’
A renowned expert on the slide guitar, Bryn, with 22 albums to his name, regularly performs for prison inmates but all his engagements have been cancelled because of the pandemic.
‘We have continued doing talks and DVDs to send into prisons,’ he says. ‘Some have internal radio and tv stations, so I am sending things in for Sunday worship. I have also put together a new compilation called Peace and Understanding to be given away in prisons.’
However, as the lockdown has continued, he confesses to finding it difficult to stay motivated.
‘I have had to set new goals which keep changing and make myself keep working,’ he explains. ‘And I keep doing the basics, like reading the Bible and worshipping. I get a walk in every day and keep thanking God that he has got me and the whole world in his hands.’
‘Years ago, I wrote a song called Slipping and Falling and there is a verse in Jude 1:24 which says: “He is able to keep you from falling”. I have found that sometimes I am drifting but he is the faithful one – even when we are faithless. Jesus has got me and is never going to let me go, and I have been playing that song over and over again. It is funny how songs you have written come back to you in these times.’
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