Daniel Decker
Language: English

In the city of Adana during the darkest days of the Ottoman Empire, there began a tragedy that marked the start of what was to become known as the Armenian Genocide. The people of Armenia were forced into starvation, torture and extermination. Armenian homes were burned to the ground as men, women and children were killed. Sometimes entire families were wiped out. They were accused, convicted and sentenced to die because they dared to call themselves "Christians", their crime was in believing in a God who sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die for their sins. By 1915 1.5 million Armenians were ruthlessly slaughtered, because they would not renounce their faith in Christ. Unpunished and undeterred the ones responsible for the massacre in Adana set stage for the terrible genocide of the Armenian people. This is their story.

From the morning sun till the day was done
Fathers worked until their strength was gone,
In the summer air under mother's care
Children played within the village square.
Through the soil and sand, farmers worked the land
Gathering what they grew by their own hand,
Living day by day, trying to make their way
Unaware the price they would soon pay.

Keepers of the sword, marched in one accord
Striking down the weak, without a single word
Ruthlessly they came, with one deadly aim
Kill all who believed in Jesus' name.
In the shroud of night, families took their flight
Unprotected by the soldier's might,
Hungry and alone, starved to skin and bone
Forced to sleep on pillows made of stone.
Wandering in the rain, trembling from the pain
Cries for mercy offered up in vain,
Naked and afraid, on their knees they prayed
As they knelt before the warrior's blade... singing.

To the great I AM, Worthy is the Lamb
To Him who sits upon the throne we bow before You,
Holy is the One, God's Almighty Son
Glory to the Christ, Our risen King.

Though persecuted, they were not abandoned. As they laid down their earthly lives, they would gain eternity with Christ. Though the world may forget, God would remember their suffering. Never again would they hunger or thirst. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who died and rose again, would be their shepherd. He would lead them to the springs of living water and God would wipe away every tear for their eyes. They would encircle the throne of God singing to the great I Am, worthy is the Lamb, who was and is, and is to come.

To the great I AM, Worthy is the Lamb
Who was and is, and is to come.
Holy is the One, God's Almighty Son
Glory to the Christ, Our risen King.

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