Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: sadness

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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The holes in our heart

Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me Psalm 41:9   I’ve been thinking of the elderly lady I met in the hospital recently. She was only a few years shy of a hundred but proud of her independence. Yet, as we talked, she shed a few […]

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A sadness wrapped in love

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  133  (February 19, 2008) When I was looking after Mom I looked often at this picture which hung on her wall. I had photographed these cosmos flowers a few years ago in the rain and the water droplets make me think of tears. It’s kind of a sad picture, but it’s beautiful […]

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The awe and wonder of it all

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  120  (December 4, 2007) Last year’s Christmas was a stressful time for me. I truly suffered from all the negative aspects of the season: the huge number of fliers coming to the door irked me; the full parking lots at the mall overwhelmed me; the stores with the Christmas music and the […]

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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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Joy?

  For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given,     and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6   Is Christmas a joyous time of year for you? The nostalgic side of us tends to […]

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