Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Dealing with guilt and shame

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2   This was King David’s prayer for forgiveness when the prophet Nathan drew his attention to his having committed adultery with Bathsheba […]

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Rejected

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Isaiah 53:3 It was a long time before I understood – fully understood – what the Bible meant when it said that […]

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Thanks be to God!

And I will still be carrying you when you are old. Your hair will turn gray, and I will still carry you. I made you, and I will carry you to safety. Isaiah 46:4   All’s well. What hurt at one time is forgiven, pain forgotten. peace and kindness restored.   Confusion accepted by loved […]

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You must have loved us

  How you must have loved us, Lord. Giving all you had, yet seldom thanked. Misunderstood, though meaning well.   Did you continue suffering after the cross? Bearing the pain of rejection from those to whom you had given yourself in love?   Love given, but scorned. Forgiveness given but refused. And so, you continue […]

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They know not what they do

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.  Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:33-34 While Roman soldiers were driving […]

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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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They know not what they do

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.  Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.  Luke 23:33-34 While Roman soldiers were driving […]

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Forgive us Lord!

what if hurt was not intended? what if all was a mistake – a part of being human? how to mend? how to set things right? come before the Healer. “Forgive us Lord!”

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Forgiven, yet…

the bad forgiven, though pain remains forgiven, yet healing doesn’t come memories linger how to end? Jesus?

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Lost no more

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood […]

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