Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Your way

  It’s always been this way, Lord. When I feel bad, depressed, unable to move, What helps is to think of another. Another who may be in need, Another who can use a hand – my hand – your hand. Today I think of a friend who needs to know she’s thought of. A friend […]

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A God shaped void

  What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:8   The other night I had a most uncomfortable feeling, one I’ve frequently experienced in the […]

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No shame here

  As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9:1-3   […]

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Lament

LAMENT grieve, weep regret. As brothers we lament A fellowship, mourning the same loss. marja From Lamentations 3:21-23 “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love  we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”    

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Are you hungry?

  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6   Have you ever seen something so wrong that you say, “Somebody’s going to have to do something?” And have you ever gone a step further and wondered what could be done? …and could you help do it? Many […]

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Becoming a child again – a fresh look

  “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3   I have had to take a different look  – a more complete one I believe – of what it means to be the child Jesus asks us to be. What is […]

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Imagine…

  “My prayer is not for them [my disciples] alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that […]

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I had no idea!

  See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1   I always knew I had childlike qualities – an honesty, openness, […]

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Don’t just think about it!

  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But […]

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It is finished – forgiven

  Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, […]

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