Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: September 2020

Part 4 – A voice calling – Gandhi

MAHATMA GANDHI (1869 – 1948) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, later named “Mahatma”, meaning Great Soul, was born in the princely state of Porbandar, India. His father served as a government official. He was very shy as a child and used to return home as soon as school ended to avoid talking to anyone. When Gandhi was […]

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Part 3 – A voice calling – Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (1809 -1865) One of America’s greatest politicians and most respected and beloved personalities, Abraham Lincoln, was the sixteenth president of the United States from 1861 to 1865. His story is a remarkable one. He was born into a humble family with illiterate parents. He had hardly any formal education, spending less than 12 […]

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Part 2 – Human rights for people with mental illness

  A VOICE OF ONE CALLING   A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3 There are many human rights movements active today. But attention to equal rights for people with mental illness is greatly lacking. It’s time to […]

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A voice of one calling – Part 1

  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 are […]

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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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