Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 1 of 17)

Waiting patiently

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise […]

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Anything is better than thinking

Feeling kind of crummy tonight, though listening to Nana Mouskouri helps. And when I pull out of that hole what shall I do? Not writing tonight. I’m tired of thinking. All that will help for now is to look at some photographs and share them with you. Did you know I like clouds? Here are […]

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Further thoughts on brothers & sisters all

  Please stay tuned for further thoughts on this topic, coming next week. In the previous mailing I leaned heavily on the point of view of people with mental health issues – about their need to be seen as equals under God. But what about those who support them or would like to know how […]

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Amaryllis

I had some time to spare, so thought I would share some pictures I just took of an amaryllis. What joy, not only to see it, but to be able to capture it for others to see. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year, with many blessings. marja    

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Wrong-doing allowed?

  “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.  Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17:3-4   I wrote on this topic of forgiveness not long ago, […]

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When wrong-doing is allowed

  “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.  Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17:3-4   Forgiveness has been a common subject lately, and for good […]

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I will not hide – the book

  Marja’s book, now in the works In 1993 I began my life as a mental heath activist. At that time the Vancouver Sun published my article, Sick, but No One Brought me Flowers. It described what it was like to be a patient at Riverview at the age of nineteen. People in the church […]

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Is forgiveness unconditional?

  From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 4:17 The word “repentance” is not always understood. To repent is to feel regret or remorse. It is to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to amending one’s life. Confession and repentance are necessary parts of […]

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Fixing my eyes on Jesus

  To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21   At times we face unjust suffering, not as extreme as Jesus’ crucifixion, but painful, nevertheless. This calls for us to look to Jesus as our example – to fix […]

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Why a book about stigma?

  A number of readers have indicated they don’t like to hear about stigma. I believe too that some are having problems with my announcement regarding the book I’m writing about the stigma held against those living with mental illness. It’s not a topic people like to hear about, though it’s a reality.  Many people […]

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