From ‘Then Sings My Soul - 150 of the
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Bringing in the Sheaves
“…The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few…” Matthew 9:37
Knowles Shaw, the "Singing Evangelist," wrote this gospel song in 1874. Four years later, on June 7th 1878, he and Elder Kirk Baxter boarded a train in Dallas, en-route to McKinney, Texas, where Shaw was beginning an evangelistic campaign. As t he train chugged across Texas, the two men fell into conversation with a Methodist minister named Malloy. Baxter later wrote:
“Malloy asked him (Shaw) to tell the secret of his success in protracted meetings, which Brother Shaw proceeded to do in an earnest manner, saying: he depended much on the power of song; preached Christ; always kept Jesus before the people; made them feel that they were sinners and needed just such a Saviour as he preached; that he never became discouraged; had confidence in the gospel truth as the power of God; that he loved his work, and became wholly absorbed in it; and then added, 'Oh, it is a grand thing to rally people to the Cross of Christ.'
“At that moment, I felt the car was off the track, bouncing over the ties. I saw Brother Shaw rise from his seat and I realized at once the car was going over. All became dark as night. When I came to myself, the coach was at the bottom of the embankment. I looked round, but all were gone. When I got out, I saw the passengers on the railroad track above me, and made my way up to them. The first one I met was Mr. Malloy. I said, 'Have you seen Brother Shaw?' 'No,' said he, 'I fear he is under the wreck, but he saved my life by pushing me from the position in which he himself fell.'
“I waited to hear no more, but ran down to the wreck, looked in, and saw a man's hand pointing upward out of the water. It was Brother Shaw's. I called for help, and in about fifteen minutes he was taken lifeless from the water.
“I sent a telegram to Dallas, telling the sad news. In a short time, a deep gloom pervaded the whole city, as from house to house passed the sad words, 'Brother Shaw is dead.'”
But his life proved his song. According to records found in his diary, Shaw recorded more than 11,400 conversions to Christ under his nineteen years of preaching. He entered heaven rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.