Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: tulips

What food is this?

May 2017   Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to […]


Think about such things

  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be […]


God doesn’t make junk

   He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11   I like photographing flowers when they’re past their prime. To me they’re every bit as important as fresh flowers. If we […]


Awesome wonder

            For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. Colossians 1:16   Have you ever observed tulips when they’re pretty well finished blooming? Have you seen how awesome the flowers become? Don’t throw them away when they start wilting and dying. Don’t […]


Hope for today

  Things are bad. Constant wishes to disappear.  Can life get worse? Wondering why such a thing happened to me? It didn’t need to happen. But I guess someone didn’t like me and showed it. But God is good. He has given me the gifts of writing and photography. I’m publishing a 6 x 9 […]


Beauty, please?

Lord, I’m doing exactly what I know I shouldn’t. Thinking of the past. Writing about it. There’s so much that is wrong. So much that’s evil. Please help me forget, Lord. Please turn my mind and my heart to beauty. To love. These are the tulips I’ve been photographing. They’re still in the vase, but […]


Another sermon – more to share

  It must have been God at work today. Of all things, the sermon was on Lamentations and the speaker spoke a lot about how much art, writings, etc. has come to us as the result of trauma in people’s lives. I can totally understand why that is. If you’ve been reading here you will […]



  Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem – IF – that has been important to me since the age of nineteen when I was admitted to Riverview Hospital. Such encouragement! Almost as good as the Bible. Especially since I hadn’t become a Christian yet. The lines that stood out for me this morning were these: If […]


May I share?

          I’ve been told to distract myself a bit from stresses. And – as usual – I find photography of flowers to be one of my favourite distractions. There’s the actual photography – using the many qualities of light that appear throughout the day. There’s the  various ways in which the […]


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