Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 2 of 14)

Who would you believe? And why?

  Don’t you find it strange why, when there is a conflict between a powerful pastor and a person with a history of mental illness, the pastor is assumed to be right? The person with mental health issues doesn’t have a chance. Why is that so? Why was she given the blame for the trauma […]

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Never-ending trauma

  You never completely lose the memories of trauma, they say. And I know that to be true. Triggers come at the most unexpected times, even during a sermon at church. There’s not anything particularly different about the sermon. But at times it does lead one’s mind to reliving experiences in your life – experiences […]

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Oh no! I forgot about love!

    Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7   After I had sent out Monday’s devotional on FOLLOWING JESUS, I realized – to my great embarrassment – that I had missed talking about the best […]

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Remorse

  I can’t live with myself until I’ve expressed remorse to all who might have been affected by the unfortunate piece I published on March 6. It was based on a sermon on 3 John that I had just heard. The following piece, NEVER ENDING TRAUMA, described how the memories that were triggered affected me. […]

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From one human being to another

So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. (Romans 14:19) After leaving I said, “I know how I was hurt. But tell me how you were affected. I’d really like to know your side.” But an answer did not come, not for me. “I’ll talk to your counselor or your […]

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Forgive them, Father

There came a time when the entire truth surfaced. Pain intensified and anger did as well. All that had been her life, the present and the past, stolen. Multiple betrayals. Reputation destroyed. Mental health damaged. Jesus told us to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44) She had obeyed as […]

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Search me, God, and know my heart

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me […]

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Who’s to be believed?

  Very sad, but very true. Too many, even those close to her, question the truth of her story. And I wonder, how can a hurting person possibly convince others when wrongdoings have taken place behind closed doors? How can a person with mental health issues possibly defend herself against a powerful leader – a […]

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Praise God

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heav’nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

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Beauty, please?

Lord, I’m doing exactly what I know I shouldn’t. Thinking of the past. Writing about it. There’s so much that is wrong. So much that’s evil. Please help me forget, Lord. Please turn my mind and my heart to beauty. To love. These are the tulips I’ve been photographing. They’re still in the vase, but […]

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