Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

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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 […]


A time to be still

  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:17-19   On December 4th, 2007, I wrote the […]


Christmas stress and expectations

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  216  (January 1, 2009) A Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you’ve all survived the holiday season. I, for one, am looking forward to a more normal pace of life. At Living Room on Friday we’re going to talk about how Christmas was for all of us. Why is it that […]


Thinking positively

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  212 (December 12, 2008) In spite of the snow that kept a lot of people from attending our party, we had sixteen people. It was a wonderful, intimate time. Good food and good visiting. We finished all of Janice’s turkey and almost all the stuffing. It was so good. One of our […]


Ups and downs never end

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  211 (December 11, 2008) I had a wonderful day yesterday. I started off by baking my first batch of cookies. That energized me. Smelling the Christmassy spices emanating from my oven motivated me to do other things. My husband helped me wash all the dishes that had been collecting. It felt so […]


Dark, but winning

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  125  (December 23, 2007) I’m still battling depression. Yesterday I had a great big list of things to do. Last chance to do laundry, clean, shop, and wrap. I didn’t know how I would get it all done. But my husband supported me wonderfully and helped throughout the day. There’s something about […]


God’s one and only son

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  124  (December 18, 2007) My mom-in-law is doing okay. She had her transfusion in the ER on the weekend. She is weak but in good spirits. On Thursday we’ll take her to the specialist to see what he can do. I’m still into a low grade depression. I can tell because I […]


Jesus – in the midst of chaos

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  123  (December 16, 2007) With Mom’s unwellness to deal with, Christmas is more chaotic than usual. But I think I’m handling it okay. It’s just difficult to get around to – or to get in the frame of mind to – do the baking I’d like to do. But tonight I will […]


Christmas…but life goes on

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  122 (December 11, 2007) Christmas time. You’d think the world would stop all its problems for a while so that we could concentrate on celebrating Christ. But life goes on. …Babies are born and people die. My mother-in-law is sick. She’s extremely weak. My focus is not so much on Christmas any […]


Need for a sabbath

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  121  (December 9, 2007) Today I feel a great need for a sabbath day. Although I’m doing much better mood-wise than I did last year, the pressures of the season have a way of grating on the nerves. Yesterday we went to a big family gathering and I came home feeling emotionally […]

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