Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: October 2018

Even those you least expect

I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; Psalm 51:3-4   Unthinkable! An atrocious crime, committed by a man after God’s own heart, no less. David, the great leader of the Old Testament, the author of many […]

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“Come sit with me”

  While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with […]

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From a BPD diary

  A good two days with visits from friends. And I think to myself, maybe this illness is not that bad. I lay down to relax with a mid-afternoon nap. But as I awoke I could not see beyond. I was sinking, unable to stop. Hopeless. Life is hopeless when it deceives you at every […]

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Rendered worthless

  A year of abuse by one I had thought incapable. I’d been respected as a leader of worth, but the mistreatment left me broken, feeling worthless. All I had built destroyed. I changed. Became a different person, diagnosed with borderline (BPD). Stigmatized like never before. Thought badly of. Lost friends. Today I live with […]

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“Do you want to get well?”

  Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him […]

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Ugly me

  Dear God. I told my therapist last week how I’m feeling ugly. He told me I have to stop expecting everyone to be like Jesus. I suppose I have been, Lord. I haven’t accepted people in the way I’ve wanted them to accept and forgive people like me. The kindness I used to have […]

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What’s wrong with me?

  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32   This is not one of my regular devotionals, but I’m sending it today, because I think it’s important for those with mental health issues and those who support them. There have been many times […]

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Dignity and worth

  When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews […]

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How can it be?

  How could this have happened to me? For twenty years I worked hard to better the lives of people with mental health issues. Although I myself suffered from bipolar I accomplished much. Life was hard, but good. And then, a couple of years ago I came down with the worst and most misunderstood mental […]

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