Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: suffering (page 1 of 2)

Where is the light?

  I firmly believe that Jesus shines his light on us through the people he brings into our lives. God needs us to be his representatives on earth. He made us to show each other who he is and what he’s like. He needs us to show his love, to support each other in lives […]

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The other Jesus

  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1: 4-5   I’ve been close to Jesus for a long time. He was the person I could always go to on those many occasions I was […]

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Having a hard time?

  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 An encouraging thought: There’s no need to despair when things are tough. We always have Jesus. In fact, it’s at times when things are bad that we come to […]

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My deep shame: living with borderline

  I had thought I was a good person. I always tried to be. Like other Christians, I tried to follow Christ, with him as my example for living. But I’ve been looking back at my behaviour over the past few years and feel ashamed. More and more – I’m recognizing how easy it is […]

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Man of sorrows; man of compassion

In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. Isaiah 63:9   Why did Isaiah refer to Jesus as a “man of sorrows?” (Isaiah 53:3) There are many […]

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Excluded

  Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. Luke 6:22-23   “Leap for joy?” This is something I would never have […]

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The best medicine of all

  I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! Job 19:25-27   I […]

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11. Healthy relationships with our supporters

Suffering: a gift? Lord, when I go through hard times, all I feel then is the pain. I often wish I could die. Looking for a way to escape it, I call out to you. To friends as well. But I receive only momentary relief. There seems to be no apparent reason for what’s happening. […]

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The bitter pain of loss

    THE BITTER PAIN OF LOSS   Do you ever find a place within yourself where bitterness has overtaken the love for God, your Lord, who used to have first spot?   Have you ever wished you could forgive past hurts? But when remorse isn’t shown, it isn’t possible, no matter how you try. […]

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Becoming a child again

  “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3   I enjoy little children, the young ones that don’t care how they look to others. They’re real, just the way God made them to be. They live and love with everything […]

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