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In her annual Christmas message, Queen Elizabeth (who is officially the head of the Church of England) quoted the Bible and spoke of millions of people lighting candles of hope.

And when it feels “right” for politicians and world leaders to promote “just” war, her messaged focused on the light of the Christian faith.

And she invited us all to follow the ways of Jesus.

“It is true,” she said, “that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: ‘The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.'”

She reminded us that Christianity’s unchanging message “was not one of revenge or violence but simply that we should love one another.” Then added: “There’s an old saying that it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”

Queen Elizabeth is officially Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. And every year she delivers a Christmas message that highlights the actual Christ in the mas.

According to Matt Dunham and Gregory Katz, “The highly personal Christmas message is a focal point of the royal family’s holidays. The queen writes the brief speech herself, while she receives help from senior ministers on most other speeches. She often refers to her Christian faith during the talk, as she did this time, but she also made clear that the beauty of a decorated Christmas tree can be enjoyed by people of all faiths and by those without formal religious belief.”

According to those who worked with her on the speech, the queen is “driven” by her faith, and was hoping to project a “fundamental optimism” in contrast to “the overall gloom.”

She concluded: “There are millions of people lighting candles of hope in our world today. Christmas is a good time to be thankful for them and for all that brings light to our lives.”

I’m with you Queen Elizabeth.

Let’s fight evil with good. Darkness with light.

War with Peace.