And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
This man's friends didn't let a little crowd get in the way of helping their extremely sick friend. It wasn't just one friend either. It was a group of 4 looking out for their friend. They saw an obstacle and came up with an "outside the box" solution. These friends knew their friend needed help. And they truly cared for their friend because they were bringing him to the Healer of Healers. In fact, their faith healed the friend they cared for so much. They only had one thing on their minds - help their friend at any costs with any solution they could come up with.
I hope our Scouts (and my children) surround themselves with friends like these. Friends are so important. Being alone as a teenager is so incredibly difficult. It can be done though but how much better for our Scouts and our children to be surrounded with friends who have similar values, similar beliefs and a belief that friendship should battle the winds of illness no matter what this illness is.
(This wasn't meant to be a sermon.)
**Hat tip to my congregations Young Women President for her talk on Sunday on this subject.