It’s a wonderful things to have friends. In today’s story, a paralytic man had friends that were willing to place him onto a mat and carry him to the house where Jesus was meeting with people. When they arrived at the house, it was so crowded that there was not enough room for all the people and a large number of people were pressed against the door and windows, in an effort to hear Jesus. Seeing that it was impossible to get the man to Jesus, through the door, they devised a plan to hoist the man, mat and all, up to the roof, where they proceeded to make a hole in the roof, and then slowly lowered the mat, containing the paralytic, down, right in front of Jesus. Many thoughts ran through the minds of the spectators, as they watched the mat slowly being lowered. For Jesus, He was moved by the faith of these people, that if they could but get the man to Jesus, he could be healed. Their faith was rewarded. The man’s sins were forgiven and he was healed. From that day forward the man’s life was forever changed.