Peace & Hope on Christmas Eve

Handel’s Messiah at Trinity Church on Wall Street was spectacular. It was everything I had hoped it would be. It seems the heavens opened up for a bit while this incredible choir sang lyrics that truly offer so much hope and peace to the world.

And you can’t beat sitting in that jewel of a church.

On this Christmas Eve, my heart is full as I think of all you who make your way to this space (which still shocks/amazes me). Thank you for being here. Thank you for caring to see what this woman in some far off place has to say. Thank you for the goodness and power that you have inside you. Thank you for all that you are wanting for your life. Thank you for your connection and sisterhood (and often brotherhood) and for giving me the desire to keep writing here – even on days when I do not write. You all have been a part of something huge and time consuming (& flat out crazy) that I’ve done in my life – and I just feel deeply grateful that we’ve connected.

I wish for peace and harmony for you. I wish for you to feel your own power and self worth. I wish for you to thrive and love. This is the only way for world peace.

I thought I’d leave you with my favorite lines from Handel’s Messiah – ones that also relate to what we’ve tried to talk about here over the years…

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” Isaiah 9:2

I feel like that was once me. I was one who walked in darkness, in fact I still walk in it from time to time, as do we all. It’s a built in part of this world we live in, and there is no escaping it. But I discovered that there is indeed light, and it shines even in our darkest moments. And it is that light that calls us out and into better things: Love instead of Hate, Hope instead of Despair, Gratitude instead of Bitterness, Compassion instead of Judgment. I hope we all feel that light shining upon us, a light built into our very souls, and that we can find a way to share it with the world.

Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.” Isaiah 35:5-6


Thou are gone up on high, Thou has led captivity captive, and received gifts for men; yea, even for Thine enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them.” Psalm 68:18 (Ephesians 4:8)

How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things.” Romans 10:15

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Their sound is gone out into all lands, and their words unto the ends of the world.”  Romans 10:18 (Psalm 19:4) 

Much love to you this Christmas,

Mara & Danny

Something fun: We are having Christmas dinner in a very ornate, nearly empty mansion in North Park Slope in Brooklyn. (I know!) Our friends live on the top floor, but the owners are selling the whole thing as a single family building so our friends must move soon. In the meantime, we’ll have Christmas dinner in one of the empty rooms. It’s pretty much the coolest setting for Christmas dinner that I can think of.

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  1. Kelly Rodriguez December 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas, Mara and Danny! Wishing you peace, joy, love, and continued blessings in the new year and always.


  2. Sage December 25, 2014 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas! The gift of Christ's peace to you and Danny.

  3. Peggy December 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Have been reading your blog for a while but never commented…….I wanted you to know there are those like me that read it and don't comment but love your writing/blog and hope to read it for a long time!….Merry Christmas

  4. Lisa | Happy By December 26, 2014 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

  5. Anonymous December 28, 2014 at 6:24 am - Reply

    Merry Christmas and love to you and Danny! I looked at your page tonight when I was feeling a little sad and panicky and it lifted me back into the joy and gratitude I felt on Christmas Eve.

    In case your readers would like to listen to a Trinity Messiah, they posted a webcast last year (not sure if there's another for 2014). Here it is. It's really a stellar choir and always electrifying to hear them live.

    Thank you for your warmth and generosity. With warm wishes for the new year.


  6. Vanesa December 28, 2014 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    Handel's music has a way of elevating the human spirit, the joy of it has made that masterpiece to be played for a loooong time. I loved particularly learning of what events brought the first performance of "The Messiah", under the direction of Handel himself, it's a documentary but it's free and very moving, the link is here

    Thank you for sharing pictures and your experiences in Christmas Eve!

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