Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: April 2020 (page 1 of 2)

The other-centered response

  Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38 NLT   I wrote about other-centeredness shortly before the world changed in the […]

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I took a walk

I took a walk, first in a week. The streets have changed. Fewer people. They must all be where I have been, hunkered down at home. Slowing down. A darker life, with less purpose. Less and less life in their souls. Oh Lord! Bring us back to life.    A few weeks ago I sent […]

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God’s in his heaven

  I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:46   We had an email from our medical clinic yesterday, saying, “Please do not put your health on hold. You can call the office or go online to the clinic. We […]

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Letting go and letting God

Trust in the Lord with all your heart            and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 Picture this: You’re a child and you have your back towards your father who’s standing a couple of feet away. Playfully he tells you to fall backwards, promising he would catch you. Would you trust him? Or would […]

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When connecting is difficult: Helping our depressed friends

  Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, […]

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Social distancing and loneliness

  Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23   Many of us are feeling pain right now, whether it be physical or emotional. Pain of our own or the pain of others. We need each others’ […]

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Surviving isolation

  The solitary confinement that prisoners sometimes undergo as punishment is cruel. Our self-isolation isn’t, but does feel a tiny bit like it at times. Most of us, however, are in our homes and have all the comforts we usually enjoy. Those who do have those, need to be thankful. Nelson Mandela, in his autobiography […]

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Peace in the midst of turmoil

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. Isaiah 26:3-4 NLT We hear a lot about finding peace in God… and don’t we all need it! But how can we find peace […]

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How should we live?

  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. ‘All the Law and the Prophets […]

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Think about such things

  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be […]

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