At its simplest, grafting in means a blending of two things that appear contrary, but when grafted together, thrive. We have been led to a different path of making a family, one that appears contrary to nature and society. But, as the Lord grafts us together, we succeed.
Paul, in the verse above, speaks about how our gracious God took those of us who were not born as His chosen people (Jews) and lovingly, kindly grafted us in to His family through Jesus, to the point where we reap all the benefits of His love and, just as if we had been born into the family.
My wife and I too, desire to bring a children into our family, to love them so much that there would be no distinguishment between a natural-born child and a child from foster care, even if that would be a temporary scenario. The child should, and deserves to, know no difference.
But that is a process, that is what is grafting in. In the process of grafting, the two families become one. There is a period of adjustment, transition, healing, learning, growing and stretching, where there are many joyous times and many difficult moments. It’s here that a family learns to thrive. And, that’s what this blog is truly about.. the process of grafting in.