Many years ago as I was preparing for my ordination, a colleague on the Board of Ordained Ministry asked me to think of ministry as a gift. Her comment unlocked my brain, which was focused on the definitions of ordination from our Book of Discipline. Last Sunday, only 10 days before Christmas, I baptized Jules, a six year old at Grace UMC. What a privilege to share her love of Jesus with her church family! Ministry is indeed a gift.