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On Christian Hope

November 1st, 2021 | 14 min read

By Kirsten Sanders

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

— Psalm 90:1–20

I have often thought that anyone who ate at a Cracker Barrel should have predicted Donald Trump’s election in 2016. There they would have eaten nostalgic food amid relics of “days gone by” — antique washbasins, vintage scrub boards, old posters advertising laundry soap and vinegar and bleach. At least a few journalists likely sat under these artifacts, chewing their biscuits and gravy with an ambience provided by dead women’s chores.

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Kirsten Sanders

Kirsten Sanders (PhD, Emory University) is a writer and theologian. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.