Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: January 2020

Waiting patiently

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise […]

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Open my eyes

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:18 It is said that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. What kind of beholder are you? What kind of eyes do you have? The kind that sees: the most obvious? the most colourful? the most perfect? Try looking beyond. […]

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When least is expected

  The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the […]

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Anything is better than thinking

Feeling kind of crummy tonight, though listening to Nana Mouskouri helps. And when I pull out of that hole what shall I do? Not writing tonight. I’m tired of thinking. All that will help for now is to look at some photographs and share them with you. Did you know I like clouds? Here are […]

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All of us his children

  See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 1 John 3:1 NLT   If our Father in Heaven loves us enough to […]

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Amazing grace

  For because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be. Romans 5:2 TLB   First published March 2018 Do you ever feel that there’s […]

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You matter to him

  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the […]

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Further thoughts on brothers & sisters all

  Please stay tuned for further thoughts on this topic, coming next week. In the previous mailing I leaned heavily on the point of view of people with mental health issues – about their need to be seen as equals under God. But what about those who support them or would like to know how […]

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