Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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And yet he was hated

  Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.  But this is to fulfill what is written in their […]

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Part 10 – Everything changed

  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17   There came a time when three events magically occurred, all pretty well together. I’ve always marvelled how it happened this way—all around my fortieth year. Important changes came into my life, […]

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Part 9 – Family life

  Cornelius joined us in 1973. I had become a mother! We were now a family! And I was happy. I had always loved children and had, in fact, wanted to be a school teacher. Now I had a child of my own to raise and to help shape. I hoped he would become creative […]

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You matter to him

  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the […]

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Part 8 – Growing in confidence

Candids by marja   And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28   God was good. At the camera club he gave me a place where I felt I belonged. A place where my confidence was […]

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Part 7 – Immersed in photography

Our photographer friend Ali on the island of Paros   Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23   Many find community in church. At the age of forty-two when I started believing in God, that was the kind of community that […]

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Part 6 – Making books

From Marja’s Favourite Recipes, 1971   We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. Romans 15:2 NLT   Yes, I had a rich life, doing many interesting things—accomplishing much, despite my mental health struggles. But, except for a couple of years part-time, I could not work at a […]

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Part 5 – Why was I not ashamed?

  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12   Let’s pause for just a moment: So far, you have seen three significant people who came into the early part of my adult life. There will be more. Note how the emergency room […]

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Part 4 – A special kind of man

  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. Luke […]

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Part 3 – A most extraordinary doctor

Dr. Gerald M. McDougall October 1934 – December 2015   He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 During my first months at Riverview, I was fortunate to have Dr. McDougall looking after me. When I left hospital I would follow him when he opened his private practice. At the hospital, I […]

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