Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: pain (page 1 of 3)

More than anything, I need respect

  So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12   One of the most important things for me, as a person with mental health issues, is to have respect. That word keeps coming back to me as something […]

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Come to me as a child? Really?

  EXCERPT 8 – I WILL NOT HIDE  (Last excerpt) I was treated like a child, though I wasn’t aware I was behaving like one. Even now, as I look back, I find it hard to believe I showed the child in me to the extent I did. I had thought my child lived mostly […]

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What a friend!

  When Jesus sees our pain, understands it, feels it with us – it matters not to him where it came from. He doesn’t look at who caused it or why. He never judges whether it’s worthy of compassion or healing. With love, he joins us in it. marja

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When we hurt others

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   In this Scripture, […]

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You’re not alone

  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Philippians 3:10-11   When I experience emotional pain I’d give anything to have friends and family appreciate what I’m going through. This is especially so when I’m finding it hard to […]

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Good came from bad

  Moreover we know that to those who love God, who are called according to his plan, everything that happens fits into a pattern for good. God, in his foreknowledge, chose them to bear the family likeness of his Son, that he might be the eldest of a family of many brothers. Romans 8:28-29 (PHILLIPS) […]

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The only way…

  The only way I’ve found to help myself is to help others. It works! Focusing on what I can do for others helps me forget my pain. I’ve always found it so. But who would reach out to me now? No one will come close. All I can do is write.  

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Never-ending trauma

    You never completely lose the memories of trauma, they say. And I know that to be true. Triggers come at the most unexpected times, even during a sermon at church. There’s not anything particularly different about the sermon. But at times it does lead one’s mind to reliving experiences in your life – […]

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Beyond memories: creating a new reality

  (Written in January 2017) Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22   Jesus knew all about forgiving. He came to do a […]

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Wrapping up (2019)

It’s time, really time, to put an end to my story. I’m glad to have found better wellness through the telling. But today I’m tired of thinking about so much sadness and ugliness. I want to start enjoying the new me. And so, I’ll wrap up with this: I strongly believe this account had to […]

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