Christmas is a time a season of giving, miracles, and a time to reflect on the goodness around us. It is a time where families join together, break bread, open presents, watch the joy in children’s faces, and just take in countless special moments. While many see Christmas as family time where time literally stops, this is a time when we must notice the miracles around us and the real life angels that are among us.

These angels are definitely real life heroes. These are the countless men and women who go before, behind, and beside their city or community. While all the families wake up in their pajamas in the comfort of their home, these angels wake up, place a badge on their chest, and head out the door. These are the angels behind the shield, the wise men.

The heart of giving has a root of love which our first responder angels live by each shift. It is their sacrifice that links us all in this world. In a season of wishes and those hoping for peace, it these men and women who fight to make that happen. After all, Christmas reminds us of peace and goodwill to men.

It is tragedy that causes many to gather and how beautiful the sight of the first responders who gather in every direction to bring order and comfort to one or many. These angels range from law enforcement, to the fire department, emergency medical service to dispatch. All of them joined together to bring about everyday miracles of safety, chaos to order, fighting the highest flames, and saving lives all at a moment’s notice.

At times it seems as if many forget what it entails to be called to such a duty. There are split second decisions that need to be made at a moment’s notice. So, what is one to do in such a time of crisis? No one can simply give an answer until we have walked those shoes.

In reality, the thoughts that run through their head is if they will make it home to kiss their wife or husband, hold their children, or be able to say, “I love you” to someone they love dearly. The decisions they make are nothing but hard, difficult, and life changing.

I think of the wise men seeking a star to find a savior, to find the answer. The wise men never lost focus on the journey ahead. They had a task, they did what was needed to get there, and they used what they were equipped with to get there. I see our first responders as such people.

They are filled with a wisdom many of us are not. They are focused and seek to find an answer or solution to where they are headed. There are three known wise men recorded in the Scriptures and each with a different gift. I smiled at this thought as it is true, each of our three vital first responders hold a different gifting. But despite of the different gifts they carry and training received, they all join together for one purpose, to save lives.

So while many prepare to enjoy their Christmas Eve or day, let us not forget that many don’t have this luxury, as duty calls. There will always be a life to save, a fight to stop, a fire to fight, and a call to be dispatched. There will always be the gifted and called in this world who respond without fail, who journey in faith, and who sacrifice beyond measure as they were born to do. No matter where their lives journey, there is heroism that follows.

For not just anyone can do what they do when danger arises, it takes someone special, it takes an angel, ultimately it takes a first responder.

Allison P. Uribe is a Chaplain with the San Antonio Police Department. Allison’s husband is a San Antonio police officer. Allison is the founder of Wives on Duty Ministries designed to support and encourage wives of law enforcement and other emergency services through the word of God. For more information visit www.wivesonduty.com or join the Facebook page searching “Wives on Duty Ministries” You can also email Allison at [email protected] Allison wrote “Because I’m Suitable-The Journey of a Wife on Duty”, geared toward wives of law enforcement and first responder marriages.