Behind the song Grafted In

Grafted In came together after we got home from picking up our daughter Haddie (Hadassah) after a very long adoption process from Hyderabad, India. Four and a half years to be exact! We waited and imagined the day we would finally meet her. So much anticipation and wonder. The first verse talks about this time of waiting.

The chorus in this song comes from Romans 11:7 not only does this reference our adoption into God’s family but also adoption in general. There is a breaking of the norm until one is picked up and grafted into a new family. Then it is like being reborn. Romans 11:7 gives us such an amazing picture of this process; “But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree (Romans 11:7)”.

The second verse touches on the first meeting we had with Haddie. She came out to us with hands clenched and pure fear. Seven years old being told here are you mom and dad and now go home with them. I can’t imagine! She is so brave. Set in her ways our transition had so many ups and downs and all arounds. Her bonding took a lot of time and will continue through the years. Just figuring out what Love is has been a struggle.

In the bridge I talk about “My only hope, my only prayer is that you don’t remain unaware. Of the beauty, love and goodness out there”. All that Haddie saw in her life before that day was darkness, no light. Which is her story to tell, but my hope is that she continues to see Love throughout the rest of her life.

When we envisioned the adoption we envisioned beautiful stuff. But the struggles we encountered through the first few months left us feeling overwhelmed. We sought perfection but were met with the unknown. God knew this is what we needed. Haddie has shown me more then I will ever be able to show her. And that is where the third verse is coming from. She has shown me how insanely, amazing God’s love is for us. We fight so hard against Him all the time and still He loves us. Never before could I have understood that until this experience. We have all been born again.

“Through all the struggles and growing pains, you have shown me how His love is so insane” -Grafted In.

Ps. Haddie asks to listen to her song everyday when I pick her up from school 😍