Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: suffering (page 1 of 3)

Your light will rise

…if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. Isaiah 58:10 In the early days of Living Room* I spoke much about what I called other-centeredness – the opposite of self-centeredness. This […]

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Discriminated against

  Graham Thornicroft, in his book Shunned: Discrimination against people with mental illness said this: “Once a person has been defined as mentally ill, his or her protests are often discredited or, even worse, labelled one more ‘symptom’ of his or her illness.” How should you respond when someone who caused you years of suffering […]

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In the face of persecution

  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven Matthew 5: 10-12a   In fact, […]

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Did Jesus feel loved?

   I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11   I wondered to myself: As Jesus hung on the cross, did he feel compassion from anyone? Did anyone […]

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Who’s to be believed?

  Very sad, but very true. Too many, even those close to her, question the truth of her story. And I wonder, how can a hurting person possibly convince others when wrongdoings have taken place behind closed doors? How can a person with mental health issues possibly defend herself against a powerful leader – a […]

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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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Crucified

  I know I wasn’t going to write any more of my story. I claimed that I had recovered. However, traumatic memories don’t go away so easily. Writing whenever I felt bad was helpful. But yesterday bad memories – especially one – came back, leaving me weeping in church. And I had nowhere to go […]

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The source of my anger (2019)

I think I’m learning what was at the bottom of my anger during the last years at my previous church. It turns out that much of the depression I experienced during all my Living Room days could very well have been anger turned inwards. I probably had far more depression during that time than was […]

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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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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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