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Psalm 142

A Maskil of David. When he was in the cave. A Prayer.
With my voice I cry to the LORD;
 with my voice I make supplication to the LORD.

I pour out my complaint before him;
 I tell my trouble before him.
When my spirit is faint,
 you know my way.

In the path where I walk
 they have hidden a trap for me.
Look on my right hand and see—
 there is no one who takes notice of me;
no refuge remains to me;
 no one cares for me.

I cry to you, O Lord;
 I say, 'You are my refuge,
 my portion in the land of the living.'
Give heed to my cry,
 for I am brought very low.

Save me from my persecutors,
 for they are too strong for me.
Bring me out of prison,
 so that I may give thanks to your name.
The righteous will surround me,
 for you will deal bountifully with me.

Questions

  • How does the psalmist identify with being a prisoner?
  • What emotions is he feeling?
  • What does he hope will happen?
Continue: Isaiah 42 5-9
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Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink

Holding Cell

  • Welcome and warning
  • Guantanamo Bay

Solidarity through Scripture

  • Psalm 107, 142
  • Isaiah 42
  • Matthew 25
  • Acts 5,12,16
  • Hebrews 13

Art

  • Images of imprisonment
  • Game – free the prisoner

Detention

  • Gift giving/Baggage
  • Dumping
  • Confession

Trial

Voices from and about imprisonment

Hope in time of darkness

  • Prayers
  • For those in prison, justice authorities, hostages, condemned

Resources

  • Websites for research
  • Amnesty

House arrest

  • Diary/blog
  • Review journal entries

Conviction

  • Excerpt from Unreconciled?
  • News article about Liu Xiaobo

Finding a way to Freedom

Music - Songs, Hymns, Classical music

DVD

Films, books, CDs

Parole

  • Footsteps of Jesus
  • Passion of Jesus in John's gospel

Condemned cell

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Fr Maximilian Kolbe

Room 101

Reflections
  • Woza
  • Fr Kolbe
  • Brian Keenan
  • Andy McNab

Rations

Porridge

Release

Empty your rucksack, and fill it with what? Will you be able to leave?
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