FamilyLife Blended®

Ron L. Deal

Grafted Together By Love

August 28, 2020

You know what a hybrid is, right? It’s when two things are combined.

When Mathew spoke at his stepmother’s funeral he said, “While we have no common blood and no matching physical characteristics, we have been grafted together by God as mother and son. I think sociologists would define us as a blended family. I prefer to think of us as a hybrid family, grafted together by God.” When you graft two plants together it’s a cool science experiment. When you graft two families together, the cutting and grafting can be painful, but the end result is life-giving.

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About Ron L. Deal

Ron L. Deal is the Director of blended family ministries at FamilyLife®, and is the author/coauthor of the books The Smart StepfamilyThe Smart Stepdad, The Smart Stepmom, Dating and the Single Parent, and The Remarriage Checkup. Ron voices the FamilyLife Blended short feature and is one of the most widely read authors on stepfamily living in the country. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist who frequently appears in the national media, including FamilyLife Today® and Focus on the Family, and he conducts marriage and family seminars around the countryRon and his wife, Nan, have been married since 1986 and have three boys.

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