Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: June 2020 (page 1 of 2)


  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12   When I most needed love, I was treated with frustration. Anger. “Why don’t you pull yourself together?” he seemed to say. Like many, he thought that illnesses of the mind could be controlled. […]


Part 4 – But God never left

  The love I once received from those I had counted on was snatched away. I lost the sense of security a person in friendships. But God did not leave. In publishing my story I was concerned about what readers might think. How could such a thing happen? The intensity of discrimination that happened to […]


Part 3 – But God never left

  God is not the problem. Not at all. God did not cause this ugliness, people did. Nor is the Christian faith to blame. What I see at the root of the wrong-doing that occurred is the presence of a sense of pride. The pride that all of us have in a greater or lesser […]


Part 2 – But God never left

  I was discouraged from telling my story, though no one could stop me from writing about it in my blog. I told my story elsewhere. But although some expressed compassion, no one was able to do anything. I felt that my story was being ignored, though it had done great ongoing harm to my […]


Part 1 – But God never left

  A wake-up call? I’m hoping this brief description of what it’s like to live with a mental illness will wake up a few people to what the realities are for some people. I’m hoping they will try putting themselves in the shoes of a person like me. They might understand what it’s like to […]


What if Jesus didn’t forgive?

  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13   It would have been so healing if I could have been forgiven for who I am—a person with mental illness. Wouldn’t the attitude towards me have been kinder? […]


Outcasts like me

  While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, […]


All things new

  Behold, I am making all things new. Revelation 21:5   There are times when one needs to shift gears, when the words no longer come from God. when flowers would be safer. Sometimes we need to turn to flowers. marja    


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 […]


Singing when you don’t feel like it

  The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell […]

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