This song was inspired by a piece of artwork done by Liberty Worth, titled View from the Manger. (See album cover.) Liberty describes it like this:
"I thought about the role an olive branch would have played in the Nativity. I imagined Mary's viewpoint, looking out over the edge of town from the stable, tired from the long journey, but amazed at what was still to come. The olive tree is just a periphery bystander, but its presence harkens back to the olive branch of mercy and hope after another long journey that God offered to Noah. Olive trees being everywhere in Israel, it's not too much of a stretch to imagine one stretching it's branches into Mary's line of sight as she pondered all she had been through and all yet to be."
Jen got together with Noah Needleman (acoustic guitar, production) to record Peace in the Distance, a beautiful, simple snapshot of how Mary must have felt on her journey.