Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

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Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen

December 2018 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Psalm 27:8 Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, an African-American spiritual that originated during the period of slavery came to mind this morning. I could very much relate to the words and I’m sure some of you might as […]

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I could not keep quiet

ABUSED He was oppressed and afflicted,     yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,     and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,     so he did not open his mouth.  Isaiah 53:7 Upon awakening yesterday, I remembered how it had felt to retire from nine years of dedicated service […]

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Bell’s palsy. They never said it would hurt.

I spent a bad night last night, feeling miserable with the pain—more than since the palsy first started. This I hadn’t expected. After all, who would expect that paralysis could cause pain? Sometimes it’s just a dull aching, but persistent and annoying. Last night, the Tylenol that had helped in the past didn’t help and […]

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A Torrent of Pain and Anger

In June 2015 I wrote: “Now-a-days I often have to preface what I say to everyone with “Have I told you this before?” My short-term memory has become unbelievably bad and I often find myself repeating things. Sometimes I say something, only minutes later again, without knowing it. It’s embarrassing.” But testing showed no sign […]

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Despised

  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   Why does it hurt so much to be ill thought of because your mind doesn’t work the same […]

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BPD – A sense of our humanity

We sense our humanity most fully when we walk with someone through their pain. There’s something about encouraging a troubled person to peel back the layers to find their healthy self again. It’s a privilege to be allowed to accompany them on their journey. We experience our humanity most when we can be a friend […]

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A torrent of pain and anger

  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13   In June 2015 I wrote: “Now-a-days I often have to preface what I say to everyone with “Have I told you this before?” My short-term memory has become […]

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Broken and crushed

  The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18   Have you ever felt so bad, so ashamed about how you behaved, you find it hard to live with yourself? You couldn’t help what you did. It just happened, and you wish you could go back […]

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Despite the pain

  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so […]

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Part 14 – Better than wisdom

  I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection […]

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