Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: grief

It is finished – forgiven

  Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, […]

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Tears?

  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3   Although we fight them back, although we hide them, although they bring no end of embarrassment, I don’t believe tears are such a bad thing. I believe that those who never cry are missing something. When I look back at the many […]

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Worthy of wonder

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1   You are good, Lord, healing while we hang tight. We wait, knowing your presence, though not feeling. You are big, in everything that’s good, in all that’s worthy of wonder. How could you possibly fail us? The sky […]

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A time for everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 I know. I wasn’t going to write here. Too busy writing study guides. But things come up and sometimes […]

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Grieving evermore

This morning – as it has been increasingly so – I am grieving the prejudice that exists towards people with mental illness. And experiencing it firsthand in a way I never have before, I’ve come to know the deep pain that comes with it. Too often now I’m doubting my self-worth. I’m feeling the hopelessness […]

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