Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: Jesus (page 2 of 5)

Broken and contrite (2019)

I may have hurt the person I talked about in the last post, but I think I myself hurt almost as much when I realized what I had done. I love King David’s words from Psalm 51, knowing very well what a “broken and contrite heart” feels like. The person who I’d hurt must have […]

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Dignity and worth

  When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews […]

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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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Comment on transforming love (2019)

I believe transformation takes place throughout our lives, not only through love, but also through suffering. But when we suffer we must not let go of God. We must keep him close. When we do that he will make us stronger and better able to serve him. I’d much rather have love transforming me than […]

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Jesus’ subversive spirituality

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  230  (April 8, 2009) I’m reading The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey, the pastor of The Meeting House, “a church for people who aren’t into church.” I’ve been reading quite a few books about Jesus’ radical nature and find them exciting. The Christian church has gotten hung up on so many […]

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Abandoned by friends

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  229  (April 6, 2009) This morning I received an encouraging comment from a blogger – God’s answer for some of what I’ve been going through.  She wrote: “Your words serve a purpose that you may never even know about. I believe that as we speak from our hearts about how we are […]

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Leaning on the Lord – comment (2019)

I’m thankful to the friend in my previous post for reminding me that I can rely on God. That I don’t have to immediately go to friends. That I shouldn’t rely on friends to make me feel better. Today I think I need to go back and meditate on those verses from Psalm 37 again. […]

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In the company of Jesus – cont’d

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  198  (October 25, 2008) I’m feeling much better this morning. Living Room always does that for me. It’s healing. Yesterday we talked about being in the company of Jesus and what that means. Is being in company with Jesus enough? Or do we need people around us to show us Jesus’ love […]

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In the company of Jesus

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  197  (October 22, 2008) I’ve been waking up sad every morning lately. Spending time with God in sadness. And I wish it were enough for me to simply sit and be in the company of Jesus for comfort. But I so often want to reach out to friends when I feel like […]

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Comment on publicity & stigma (2019)

In commenting on the previous post, I can only say that today – in 2019 – I had forgotten how well the media had picked up on the need for awareness. I had forgotten so much since those early days. So gratifying to see how they were listening. I’m grateful that God gave me the […]

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