Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: covid

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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Feeling Hopeless?

  Adapted from a 2010 Living Room interactive devotional More than ever, people today are dealing with depression. It’s not surprising. But for many, depression is more than a condition caused by a difficult situation. The most painful thing for them is the endlessness of it. All they see is a life filled with darkness. […]

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In limbo

  By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night […]

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Responding to hard times

Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents. The Lord became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled. He asked the Lord, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? Where can […]

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God’s in his heaven

  I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:46   We had an email from our medical clinic yesterday, saying, “Please do not put your health on hold. You can call the office or go online to the clinic. We […]

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When connecting is difficult: Helping our depressed friends

  Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, […]

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Social distancing and loneliness

  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. Lamentations 3:22-23   Many of us are feeling pain right now, whether it be physical or emotional. Pain of our own or the pain of others. We need each others’ […]

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