Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

A damaged life

The emotional damage caused by stigma needs to be recognized, especially when disrespect is shown to a mental ill person by someone least likely to do so – a godly man – a follower of Christ. The effects of such violated trust increases one’s mental illness tenfold, causing unbelievable pain. It leads to a sense […]

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Illness forgiven?

Will my illness be forgiven? Cause for shame no longer there? When will Christ’s life speak forth? “Love the sick, the sinners, the outcasts.” When will your message be heard, Lord? When will your love prevail? Come to us now.  

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A person like any other

a person like any other but different feeling as others but not treated as such not respected because of her label considered unworthy to be heard or responded to not fully human so, who cares? Jesus, my friend, cares. Who will follow Him?

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Do you love me?

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I […]

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Morning has broken

“Forget the former things;     do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!     Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness     and streams in the wasteland.“ Isaiah 43:18-19

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At his feet

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. Luke 10:38-39  I know. This is not a picture of Mary. But can you […]

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When Jesus heals…

Lord, it occurred to me how, when you healed people – when you made them well and whole – you didn’t only heal them from illness, you helped them to be accepted by the people around them. They became whole on a social level as well. They were seen to be more “normal.” No longer […]

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Now I see

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”                                                        Luke 18:35-38 In his book, Love Walked Among Us, author Paul […]

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Shame

The worst feeling of shame is when you first come to see something you are or do that others look on as ugly and unlikeable. You feel dirty. Hopeless.  Can’t bear to see who you are. Helpless to be any different. …or is it? Help me Lord.

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My life back (a few weeks ago)

thank you God! for life for feeling normal like others do confident whole …but today? apart again not all here i need the biggest hug

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