Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 2 of 17)

Representing God

  (first published on May 4, 2011) A few days ago someone told me about a friend with a mental illness who had lost her faith in God because she had been rejected at church. How that upset and angered me! How sad that is! Why would Christians be so unloving? Don’t they remember that […]


Living room support shut down

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7   Dear friends, Today I want to share with you my […]


Only God is perfect

   “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven….Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-45, 48   Controlled by an inner […]


What a friend!

  When Jesus sees our pain, understands it, feels it with us – it matters not to him where it came from. He doesn’t look at who caused it or why. He never judges whether it’s worthy of compassion or healing. With love, he joins us in it. marja


How can such pain be ignored?

  During the years at my previous church, I had been a well-regarded leader. In the greater community I was considered a pioneer, bringing attention to the needs of people with mental illness to churches. So what happened? During my time at this church, I gave my all to serving God. I… wrote my second […]



  Called the crisis line – the second time today. Wanting to  put an end to something. My enemies or me. Agitated, don’t know what to do. Impatient to end the wickedness. Betrayals…so many betrayals. Friends I had once blindly loved emotionally abused me, destroyed all I’d been, forced me out. Robbed me of what […]


Researching Scripture for yourself

  THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU’LL DISCOVER!  Sharings from Marja:   Thirsty for knowledge? Having trouble understanding sermons you’ve heard at church? Want to know more? Wondering if everything you read in my posts is biblically sound?   It’s a good idea to check further on your own.  Doing so is not hard at all, nor […]


Most amazing!

I want to tell you about something amazing we saw on a recent trip to the Chilcotin of British Columbia. The area is known for its many forest fires. We passed a burned-out forest and could not believe the colourful gardens growing beneath the charred tree trunks. I’m not going to share any deep philosophical […]


My pain

  Graham Thornicroft, in his book Shunned: Discrimination against people with mental illness said this: “Once a person has been defined as mentally ill, his or her protests are often discredited or, even worse, labelled one more ‘symptom’ of his or her illness.” I have – for a very long time tried to reconcile with […]


They don’t matter

  Problems arise when accusations made by mistreated people with mental illness are discredited – when what they say is not believed. When they’re not treated as “real” human beings. They become fair game for those who hold a stigma. Those who might become cruel. Abusers think: “Why worry about how I treat them? If […]

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