Only By The Grace Of God

Between the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 14th and the 97th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24th, I have been doing a lot of thinking.

My Grandmother, on my Dad’s side, was born April 8, 1900. In 1912, she traveled to England with her mother, to sail on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. I can only imagine the thrill and excitement they were experiencing traveling for their home in Istanbul, Turkey to Southampton, England.

Their excitement quickly ended when they found their papers were not in order and they were not allowed on board. What must have been going through their minds and their hearts when they found out what happened four days later.

Three years later, on April 24th, was the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. This time it was my Grandmother, on my Mom’s side, turn to have a brush with death. I don’t know a lot of the details on what happened to her. The little I do know sends a chill down my spine and makes my heart swell with pride.

My Grandmother along with many, many other Armenians were forced to march…to their deaths. 1,500,000 Armenians were sent on death marches, raped, beaten, starved, crucified, butchered or sent to a certain death in concentration camps.

It is almost impossible to comprehend the inconsolable terror that must have be racing through the mind of this teen age girl. My Grandmother was wounded and played dead on the side of the road. The strength she drew, to lay still and control her breathing well enough to be left for dead, could have only come from God.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

I am so thankful and blessed to be part of these two families!

Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments. 2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Psalm 112:1-2

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2 responses to “Only By The Grace Of God

  1. Wow…what an intense and moving story. First…your connection to the Titanic…..or your almost connection. It seems God wasn’t ready for them yet. And I had no idea that there even was an Armenian genocide. Shame on me. Your Grandmother was an incredibly courageous woman and did what she had to in order to survive. Now I know where you get your strength…from your mom and Grandmother. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Patti. It’s amazing and straight from the heart. xoxo

  2. I am always surprised that more people do not know this part of history. The Aremenian Genocide, what a terible story of mankind and hate. A story that would make God cry… Your Grandmother ‘s story is one of courage and survival. “God’s Grace”. She is a testiment to the human spirit. People need to know this story from 1915. You are keeping the memory alive. The memory of an Armenian woman who lived and had a granddaughter.,. It is miraculus that you are here to tell her story. ❤

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