Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Not for myself alone: part 2

Time passed. I started going to a new church where I was well accepted, as I had been in my previous church. I grew spiritually and was delighted to make friends with a couple of people who showed me more love than I think I’d ever had. I would call it godly love. They became […]


Not for myself alone: part 1

If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. Mark 8:35 NLT   In 1993 I wrote an article for the Vancouver Sun about being a patient at Riverview […]


To be treated as human

Since 1993, when the Vancouver Sun published my article, Sick but No One Brought me Flowers, I have fought to reduce the stigma of mental illness. I’ve never stopped. And now, when I’m suffering the effects of having been severely discriminated against a few years ago, I realize I mustn’t stop fighting. I’ve learned what […]


Our new song

He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Psalm 40:3 After a long rough time, God released David, the writer of this psalm, from his dark place. He gave him a new song to sing, […]


Beyond human understanding

  There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. (Satan said to God) “Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have […]



As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2 I have a friend who always struggled motivating herself to spend time with God. She had a desire to get […]


Will we remember?

  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so […]


The other-centered response

  Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38 NLT   I wrote about other-centeredness shortly before the world changed in the […]


I took a walk

I took a walk, first in a week. The streets have changed. Fewer people. They must all be where I have been, hunkered down at home. Slowing down. A darker life, with less purpose. Less and less life in their souls. Oh Lord! Bring us back to life.    A few weeks ago I sent […]


God’s in his heaven

  I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:46   We had an email from our medical clinic yesterday, saying, “Please do not put your health on hold. You can call the office or go online to the clinic. We […]

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