Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: June 2021

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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