Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Like an outcast (2019)

When I was excluded from the group I had needed so badly I felt like an outcast. Not long after, when I retired from Living Room, I was told I could no longer come back as a peer, I wrote in my journal: “Now I have no group at all. I’m an outsider.” Unwanted. Left […]

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My need for compassion (2019)

Oh, I wish I could have received compassion like Jesus modeled. Jesus was in tune with the suffering of sick people, the suffering and needs of people who are judged by the world. How can people rightly judge a person they don’t understand – whose pain they cannot feel? How can they understand the pain […]

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Lack of compassion as sin

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  254  (October 18, 2009) Our guest speaker at church today was David Collins. He talked about the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, pointing out that the sins they committed were symptoms, they’re not the root of it. At the root was something else. Quoting Ezekiel 16:49: “Now this was the sin of […]

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Where can I turn?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  231  (April 12, 2009) My roller coaster ride will not stop. I don’t feel so depressed that I don’t want to do anything. Just feel an overwhelming sense of sadness. Trouble with me is that I feel a need to reach out – to draw comfort from others. Yet that kind of […]

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Impossible without support (2019)

In the previous post I talked about the moods people with bipolar go through, like the depression that had been plaguing me for such a long time. “You wonder if you can ever be counted on again,” I told my fellow bloggers. I recognized that “I’ve been fortunate. I’ve had a lot of support – […]

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Being a wounded healer

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  135  (February 23, 2008) Catholic theologian Henri Nouwen believed that our wounds can be a source of healing for others. Not only do they help us become compassionate, but they humble us. As we work toward healing in our own lives, we can help bring healing to others. I’m finding that so […]

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In the name of love

He (God) comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (MSG)   We who live with illness and […]

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A God shaped void

  What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:8   The other night I had a most uncomfortable feeling, one I’ve frequently experienced in the […]

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In the light

  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7   The Bible uses light as a metaphor for honesty because you can truly see and examine things in the […]

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Like an outcast

  And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I will; be clean.” Mark 1:40-41 (RSV)   At the time Jesus lived, touching an outcast with contagious […]

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