When we baptise people at church there's nothing magical or mystical about the water. The water is a symbol of something we believe is much bigger; that is both mystical and magical; that somehow as part of the Christian story being true when you put your trust in Jesus you move from a story that ends in death to a story that ends in life. The story of Jesus speaks into our yearning for immortality and says "you are right to want this, your desires come from the immortal God who gives you life, and in Jesus, God is with us." Today we baptised these two brothers — Isa and Hossein — who have joined our community as refugees pursuing ongoing life in this world, and found a path to real life as well. I'm #thankful for their stories; Isa has a brother here in Australia, Jafar, who is also part of our church. Jafar and his wife Lida love Jesus, they love church, and their deep desire was that Isa would share this love. We prayed for him together with our Growth Group for many weeks. These baptisms — for both Isa and Hossein — are an answer to our prayers, and this story, the Gospel, is an answer to our deep desires. It's a privilege to be part of a community with these Iranian brothers (and with many other lives). Maybe you joining a community like this and considering the story of Jesus for yourself would also be an answer to prayer for those who love you... if you don't think so, let me know, and I'll joyfully pray for you.