Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Brokenhearted

  My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:17   We all do things that are wrong at times. And how we regret it! It’s hard to find the words to express how badly we feel. I’ve found that reading Psalm 51 helps. […]

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He pursues you with his love

  God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear […]

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When we are old

Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone. Psalm 71:9   Shouldn’t all human beings living in the best way they can, be treated with a certain amount of respect—with a sense that they have worth? In my various battles with mental illness I’ve run […]

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Will I find my way back?

  Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, […]

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A voice of one calling

    John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” John 1:23   John the Baptist had been testifying about Jesus and he was questioned by Jewish priests and Levites, puzzled by what he was proclaiming. “Who […]

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Part 15 – Brothers and sisters all

  Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition […]

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When all seems lost

  For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but  rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5   When all seems lost, all you were and all you had, God is still there, he always will be, never far away. With your heart reach […]

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The only way to keep going

  I’ve been criticized for talking too much about my pain. Criticized for writing too many stories about myself. But I believe it’s the only way I can keep on living. Each time a crisis hits, each time I end up in the emergency ward, not knowing how to go on, the only thing that […]

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Despite the pain

  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so […]

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Who understands?

  He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Isaiah 53:3   I brought you this scripture last Monday, telling you how meaningful it was to me. I believe this […]

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