Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: Christmas

Not myself

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  33  (December 11, 2006) I almost hate to post this. Worried someone from life in my touchable world will read and consider me unreliable. Before anyone knows, I would really like a chance to pull out of this state of irritability and this being so close to tears all the time. It […]


Stuff vs relationships

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  32 (December 9, 2006) I mentioned a few posts ago the stress I was feeling connected to Christmas. I honestly didn’t look forward to it. Felt like crawling into a hole and staying there until the season was all over with. But I’ve changed my tune and am now enjoying myself. I […]


Clothed in joy

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  28  (November 21, 2006) You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. (Psalm 30:11) Well…I’m not exactly that happy, but I am – for the moment at least – feeling much better than I sounded on my last post. Yesterday and today I was truly […]



  For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given,     and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6   Is Christmas a joyous time of year for you? The nostalgic side of us tends to […]



It’s so totally amazing how an absolutely dreadful day of suffering on the sofa – a 4 out of 10 Christmas Eve – can be followed by an absolutely wonderful 8 out of 10 Christmas Day! This is not to be taken for granted. Must thank God for it and – in doing so – […]


Christmas peace

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the […]


Mary’s treasure

  But the angel said to [the shepherds], “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. When they had seen [Jesus], they spread the word concerning […]


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