Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Category: Mental Health and Faith (page 1 of 36)

My disability gave me a reason to live

DISABILITY AS A GIFT 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. […]

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Curious about Justice for All?

I wanted to help people gain confidence and overcome low self-esteem. Here is how the back cover describes it: “Would you like to live a more meaningful life? Perhaps you want to speak out against injustice or make a change in your own life, but lacked the courage to do so? Justice for all, recounts […]

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Once, a Riverview patient – Today, denied mental health care

SEEKING JUSTICE It has been seven months since my file was closed. I was cast out of the mental health system, having been a patient for all my adult life–in effect, punished for being too well. Why? Was it because I exercised my rights and tried to explain how a diagnosis I had been given […]

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I’m odd at times, and wish I weren’t

GRIEVING MY MENTAL ILLNESS September 2017 There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to weep and a time to laugh,     a time to mourn and a time to dance, Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 Sometimes life is such that one needs to give expression to what goes […]

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Others can’t possibly understand

LACK OF UNDERSTANDING LEADS TO LACK OF CARE . . . and I should realize that by now. I’m sorry if I was harsh on those who don’t. Of course you don’t get it and it’s not your fault. It just hurts terribly to know that those of us who live with mental health issues […]

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The importance of our faith to mental health

JESUS WEEPS WITH US He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Isaiah 53:3   Never have I found myself so misunderstood. Never have I found Christ’s importance to people […]

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There is no pit so deep

April 2014   In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.                                                                                                           John 1:4-5   In her book The Hiding Place Corrie ten Boom tells the true story from the Second World War when she and her family […]

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Making room for Christmas in 2013 and 2021

  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.                                       Luke 2:6-7   We’re all familiar with this story. We know […]

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A courageous journey

Adapted from November 2015   Have I not commanded you? “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9   Villages in the Greek islands are built on hills, meaning that many streets are steep. Stairways are unavoidable […]

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Are you being deceived?

    Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.” Job 2:3 […]

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