An Interventionist God

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Why do we pray?

The lyrics of this song are beautiful on their own, but when they are paired with what seem to be people responding to their beauty, they are even more powerful.

It makes me ask, what is behind the tears? Are they moved by the sincerity of the words? Do they weep because of a lost love? Or could it be the emotion of a person who does not believe in a God who will listen and act but desperately wishes such a god existed?

The production cost of this video must have been relatively small, but Glazer is able to make it work. Capturing raw emotion on film like this cannot be simple. Either these people are truly connecting with Cave’s lyrics or they should all be nominated for an Oscar.

And to walk, like Christ, in grace and love
And guide you into my arms

Beginning with the line “I don’t believe in an interventionist God” is what brings this song such depth and complexity. This song is one of the more wonderful prayers ever put to music—and it is uttered by a person who doesn’t seem to think that it will make any difference.

I wonder how many people pray ever day even though they don’t think it matters. How many of us pray, not out of belief, but because it seems like a beautiful idea?

Do you weep along with the people in this video? Do you not believe in a God who will ‘intervene’ but are moved by the idea of One Who Would?

Into My Arms
by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

I don’t believe in an interventionist God
But I know, darling, that you do
But if I did I would kneel down and ask Him
Not to intervene when it came to you
Not to touch a hair on your head
To leave you as you are
And if He felt He had to direct you
Then direct you into my arms

Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms

And I don’t believe in the existence of angels
But looking at you I wonder if that’s true
But if I did I would summon them together
And ask them to watch over you
To each burn a candle for you
To make bright and clear your path
And to walk, like Christ, in grace and love
And guide you into my arms

Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms

And I believe in Love
And I know that you do too
And I believe in some kind of path
That we can walk down, me and you
So keep your candlew burning
And make her journey bright and pure
That she will keep returning
Always and evermore

Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms