Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Pray without ceasing? Really?

May 2017 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Is it possible to “pray without ceasing?” I’m sure I couldn’t do so if praying meant to sit still and talk to God hour after hour. I think […]


Schindler’s list, the movie – A life worth living – Part 46

The movie, Schindler’s List, begs the question: How can a story depicting such horrors be so beautifully done that people want to see it over and over? The movie shows how hatred for a people who were fully human, caused them to be treated worse than animals. That kind of story could be written on […]


Plaszow – A life worth living – Part 45

PLASZOW[1] In late 1944, Plaszow and all its sub-camps had to be evacuated in face of the Russian advance. More than 20,000 men, women and children were sent to extermination camps. Although Schindler was ordered to evacuate, he managed to receive authorization to continue production in a factory he and his wife set up in […]


Our right to be heard

One of the worst forms of stigma against those living with mental health challenges is not having their truth heard. Not considered credible. Not believed. Not considered as much of a person as others are. Simply because they’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness with no consideration given to how well-functioning they might be. If […]


What a beautiful name!

  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians […]


The Krakow ghetto – A life worth living – Part 44

THE KRAKOW GHETTO [1] By March 21, 1941 Germany had concentrated the remaining Jews of Krakow, as well as thousands from other towns into the Krakow ghetto. Between 15,000 and 20,000 Jews lived within its boundaries, which were enclosed by barbed-wire fences and—in places—by a stone wall. Streetcars travelled through the ghetto, but made no […]


In the midst of tragedy

  At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb,     and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job 1:20-21 […]


Krakow – A life worth living – Part 43

Emalia KRAKOW In September 1939, the German army invaded Poland, occupying Krakow. This ancient Polish city became the seat of the German occupation administration and was home to some 60,000 Jews. The city attracted German entrepreneurs hoping to capitalize on Poland’s adversities and make a fortune. Schindler was one of them. He appeared to thrive […]


A message for the child in you

February 2017 Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No […]


Oskar Schindler, a complex man – A life worth living – Part 42

Holocaust scholar, Louis Bülow describes Schindler this way: “To 1,200 Jews a womanizing, heavy-drinking, German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member named Oskar Schindler was all that stood between them and death at the hands of the Nazis…Today there are more than 8,500 descendants of his Jews living in the U.S., Europe and Israel.” Schindler’s imperfections […]

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