Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 2 of 12)

No shame here

  As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9:1-3   […]

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Are you hungry?

  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6   Have you ever seen something so wrong that you say, “Somebody’s going to have to do something?” And have you ever gone a step further and wondered what could be done? …and could you help do it? Many […]

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Becoming a child again – a fresh look

  “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3   I have had to take a different look  – a more complete one I believe – of what it means to be the child Jesus asks us to be. What is […]

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Imagine…

  “My prayer is not for them [my disciples] alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that […]

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I had no idea!

  See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1   I always knew I had childlike qualities – an honesty, openness, […]

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Don’t just think about it!

  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But […]

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It is finished – forgiven

  Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, […]

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Writing to heal

  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  2 Corinthians 1:3-4   Writing is good medicine. […]

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Difficult people

  When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” Luke 19:5   Do you have a difficult person in your life? Or – could you yourself be regarded as a difficult person? I myself live with mental health issues that […]

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If you can keep your head

  This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16   You’ll remember the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. I’ve referred to it a number of times. In 1965, a doctor in […]

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