Bringing in the Sheaves - Knowles Shaw

Knowles Shaw was known throughout his life as being someone who was devoted to the Lord. He led around 1,400 people to the Lord in his lifetime. At the end of his life he said, “Oh! It is a grand thing to rally the people to the cross of Christ.” Shaw was well-known in every community he stepped in. He spoke with passion about his experiences with the Lord and his music drew others to him.

As a young boy of 12, he entered into tragedy and hardship. His father became ill and died leaving his family to figure out how to live without him. He left Shaw with a violin and thus his love of music began. He often played for dancing parties. One day, as he was playing at a dancing party, he had a vision of some of his past experiences and especially his father passing away. He stopped playing even after the crowd continued to urge him to play. Instead, he shared his heart with the crowd. He came home so moved, that he pondered what had happened for days, even telling his mom that he was battling the devil. This was a turning point in his life. He held so much weight on his shoulders as the head of his household to provide for the rest of the family. He began to attend Flat Rock Church with a new purpose. After hearing a sermon, he confessed his faith and was baptized on September 13, 1852.

Shaw died tragically on a train wreck on June 7, 1878, before really beginning his ministry. However, he left his followers with the words of one of the hymns he wrote:
Tis a grand thing to rally the people to the cross,
And for the name of Jesus to count all things but loss:      
To lift on high his banner, who died our souls to save,
And faithful in his service, to be earnest, strong and brave.
Rally, rally, rally to the cross,
To the cross of him who died a ruined world to save.          

His words came from his experiences both in life and with the Lord. Words were never truer today!

  Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness;
Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eves;
Waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
  Go and tell the nations now in heathen blindness;
Tell them Jesus died – now no excuse he leaves.
Bid them come to Jesus; thus prepare the harvest,
You shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
  Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows.
Fearing neither clouds nor winter’s chilling breeze;
By and by the harvest, and our labours ended,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
 Go, then, even weeping, sowing for the Master,
Though the loss sustained our spirit often grieves,
When our weeping’s over, he will bid us welcome,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
Bringing in the sheaves, Bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come, rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves
rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves. 


Baxter, W., 1879. Life of Knowles Shaw The Singing Evangelist. Cincinnati, OH: Central Book Concern.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


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