Pastor Erich – A Light that Shines for Others

By Andrea Wiget

Pastor Erich – A Light that Shines for Others

Photo by Jürgen Baumann

I was recently reminded of an extraordinary person who made me think of our community and Transformation.

One Sunday, my boyfriend Benedikt and I talked about the time we spent in church when we were kids. I told him about pastor Erich who was the pastor for the church in the village where I grew up. I liked Erich a lot. He was a very kind man and had a genuine interest in people. When I was about nine or ten years old, he often asked my friend Christina and me to play the recorder in church or at other events. We loved performing and as “payment” he brought us each a WHOLE black forest cake (pic attached so you know what it looked like). I was in heaven! 



When I got older, I always sent pastor Erich invitations to my concerts. The last time I saw him was about three years ago when he came to one of my events. And of course I shared the “black forest cake” story with the audience 😍👏🏻.

Within a day of telling Benedikt about my childhood experiences, my Dad told me that Erich had just passed away. In pastor Erich’s obituary, there was a poem, written by Elisabeth Saller that touched my heart. It goes like this (first in German, then English): 

Ein Licht das anderen leuchtet 

Ein Licht das anderen leuchtet
wird davon nicht schwächer

Ein Herz das andere beglückt
wird davon nicht ärmer

Ein Mensch der andere erfreut
wird dadurch nicht leerer

Aber die Welt wird heller

Die Menschheit friedlicher

A light that shines for others 

A light that shines for others
will not get weaker

A heart that brings happiness to others
will not get poorer

A human being that delights other people
will not get more empty

But the world gets brighter

And humanity more peaceful

Two days before Erich’s funeral, his son called and asked me to sing, as the originally scheduled performer was sick. At the service, my Dad played the organ and we all celebrated Erich’s life as I sang his favorite songs. I could have sworn he was dancing with all of us. It was so sweet to be there. After the service, we shared a black forest cake in his honor and it was delicious 😍 

Erich may be gone but the world is still brighter for his having been in my life. We all make this world brighter just by being ourselves ♥️. 

I feel honored to be a part of this community and have you all in my life.

Lots of love to you all and wishing you a brilliant day, 

Shine on!

  • Cheryl Rodriguez
    Posted at 14:40h, 12 April Reply

    Such a sweet share and poem – thanks Andrea!

  • Leah Schneeflock
    Posted at 19:45h, 13 April Reply

    Beautiful story and poem. Such a touching reminder of the difference we all make. Thank you for sharing!

  • Lenore Pemberton
    Posted at 20:25h, 13 April Reply

    It’s okay with me that I’m in tears. Deeply touched by the kindness and the sweetness of you, of your Pastor Erich. My world is brighter!

  • Naz Gouldbourne
    Posted at 08:21h, 14 April Reply

    So moved by this blog and amazing poem. It is such a beautiful reminder of how much we can impact our world and all it takes is simply being ourselves.

  • Ephraim Lasar
    Posted at 20:29h, 14 April Reply

    What a sweet story, thanks Andrea! Honored to know you!

  • Rita Scheurer
    Posted at 03:06h, 15 April Reply

    So touching this story Andrea. And as Erich for you, are you a light in my life. You make a difference for many people and so does the community transformation with Ariel&Shya Kane

  • Britt Mehlhase
    Posted at 06:58h, 15 April Reply

    Very sweet! It touched my heart! Thank you!

  • Andrea Wiget
    Posted at 05:59h, 19 April Reply

    Dear friends,

    I am so touched by reading your sweet, sweet comments! Thank you so much 🙂 It is an honor to have YOU in my life.

    Big, big hugs and I hope I get to see you soon!

  • Victoria Ichizli-Bartels
    Posted at 03:10h, 20 April Reply

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story, Andrea! It is deeply touching and heartwarming!

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