American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Christian Citizen: Readers Write



Advent is a time of expectant waiting. It is also a penitential season. The Christian Citizen invites readers to offer a personal reflection on words commonly associated with Advent. Pick one word from the list below. What does the word make you think of? How does it make you feel? Is there a specific moment in your life when the word took on new meaning for you? Don’t feel like you need to write a devotion or even use religious language. Tell your story. Nonfiction only. Entries will be edited as necessary. Not all will be published. Those that are published will receive a $25 Judson Press gift certificate.

Word range: 250 to 500 words

Deadline: November 13 for publication in December at

How to submit: Send to with “Readers Write” in the subject line

Format: Submit as a Word document with the word you’ve chosen at the top

Choose from the following words:

Magnify  Rejoice  Ponder  Mighty  Humble  Scattered
Mercy  Hope  Beginning  Truth  Fear  Glory