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 […]


His other-centered life

  Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Matthew 8:19-20   Jesus was explaining to this scribe that following him was not […]


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 […]


Finally unstuck (to be cont’d)

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  201  (November 7, 2008) As some of you know, I’ve been rather depressed for the past few weeks. I’m happy to say, though, that last Sunday I came unstuck from this down period. Free. Motivated once more. I did something that clearly got me there, but I’m not sure I should tell […]


A life of love

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  196  (October 11, 2008) Living Room was wonderful yesterday, yet I was worried about myself going into it. Wondered if I could lead the way I needed to. Life has been so very complex, especially with my mother sick. We found out she’d had a heart attack. She will be in hospital […]


Never invincible – depression again

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  193  (September 29, 2008) When you’ve been doing well for a long time, it’s hard to believe that you could ever be depressed again. But with bipolar disorder you’re never totally in the clear. It’s bound to come back. Here I am with two books published on how to live with bipolar […]


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 […]


The awe and wonder of it all

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  120  (December 4, 2007) Last year’s Christmas was a stressful time for me. I truly suffered from all the negative aspects of the season: the huge number of fliers coming to the door irked me; the full parking lots at the mall overwhelmed me; the stores with the Christmas music and the […]


A letter to “down and out in South Carolina”

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  119  (December 1, 2007) Someone who is hurting very much right now left a response to my post, Somewhat califragelistic but grateful. This is a letter to her, and I hope it will help her deal with her pain somewhat. She asks for advice. I’m not sure I can give that, but […]


Advent is upon us

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  118  (December 1, 2007) This morning, over my wonderful first cups of coffee of the day, I thought of how I would like to invite all my friends who believe in Jesus but aren’t presently going to church – to think about attending church this advent season. There’s so much stuff connected […]

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