Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 1 of 4)

Did Jesus feel loved?

   I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11   I wondered to myself: As Jesus hung on the cross, did he feel compassion from anyone? Did anyone […]

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Joining God in his work

So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only […]

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Are you hurting?

   “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 Friends, […]

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Be a child? Really?

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and […]

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Our need for each other

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love makes up for many of your faults. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay for the night. God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help […]

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For no apparent reason

  You turned my wailing into dancing;   you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.   O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. Psalm 30: 11-12 Isn’t it strange and amazing how the greatest joy a person can have […]

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The magic of a smile

              “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a […]

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Who are we…really?

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1   Some of us are far too sensitive. Because of that we tend not to feel very good about ourselves at times. About who we are. About what […]

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Winter gives way to spring

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. ​2 Corinthians 5:17 ​I had for a long time been thinking of myself as suffering with Christ when I went through pain I experienced. I had become close to Him, realizing He […]

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Mystery tour

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,     for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8 This prayer reminds me a bit of how I felt as a young preschooler when my mother took me on shopping […]

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