One of my favourite songs with children is "God is good to me". During the song, when referring to God, we point to the sky. Sadly this is what we so often associate with God - distant and somewhere out beyond the blue. I would say God is not somewhere but (as my spell check refutes also) someHere. With this in mind I now encourage the children to open their arms and indicate that God is not there (up in the sky) but here with us always available to help us to be the loving best we can be. This idea is also common in church worship when we associate such activity with the lifting up of our arms. Admittedly the action is not necessarily one of physical distance but obeisance but even then I would take issue. Is this what God really wants from us? I would argue this is precisely what Jesus came to eliminate but which many conservative theologians, albeit with good intention, seem to want to perpetuate. Rather than perpetuate distance whether physically, morally, spacially or relationally Jesus came to bring God present and im-mediate (literally without mediation). What is perhaps lost ceremonially is gained relationally when we, as instructed by Jesus, call God "Father". Perhaps true worship is evoked, not so much through coercive distance but encouraged through persuasive loving presence.