Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 2 of 6)

Living Room – God’s Gift

A long time ago God showed me that something needed to be done to help people with mental illness receive Christ-centered support. I took steps to make it happen by founding Living Room, the faith-based peer support ministry. But I realized that I was – or at least, felt – far too small to build […]

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Who shall we follow?

Jesus’ authority comes from a humble place of compassionate love for others. Compare that with authority from arrogant leaders like the Pharisees in their day. In their self-righteousness they lost sight of God and what His love really means. The difference is obvious: Only One is worthy of obedience. And that One is Jesus,  God’s […]

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Stigmatized

stigmatized by trusted one, teacher of God’s love, Christ’s example   I followed faithfully loved deeply those I served on God’s behalf   yet was treated as though evil disrespected in words and action the pain unbearable   why this? from one such as this?   my mental illness?    

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Consolation

One consolation for pain The work God has given me To create something beautiful And to honour Him with it

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A damaged life

The emotional damage caused by stigma needs to be recognized, especially when disrespect is shown to a mental ill person by someone least likely to do so – a godly man – a follower of Christ. The effects of such violated trust increases one’s mental illness tenfold, causing unbelievable pain. It leads to a sense […]

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Illness forgiven?

Will my illness be forgiven? Cause for shame no longer there? When will Christ’s life speak forth? “Love the sick, the sinners, the outcasts.” When will your message be heard, Lord? When will your love prevail? Come to us now.  

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A person like any other

a person like any other but different feeling as others but not treated as such not respected because of her label considered unworthy to be heard or responded to not fully human so, who cares? Jesus, my friend, cares. Who will follow Him?

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Morning has broken

“Forget the former things;     do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!     Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness     and streams in the wasteland.“ Isaiah 43:18-19

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When Jesus heals…

Lord, it occurred to me how, when you healed people – when you made them well and whole – you didn’t only heal them from illness, you helped them to be accepted by the people around them. They became whole on a social level as well. They were seen to be more “normal.” No longer […]

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Shame

The worst feeling of shame is when you first come to see something you are or do that others look on as ugly and unlikeable. You feel dirty. Hopeless.  Can’t bear to see who you are. Helpless to be any different. …or is it? Help me Lord.

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