That question has followed me ever since, because I had to admit to her that I was NOT praising God. I may have known from an intellectual standpoint that I needed to praise God, but it had definitely not made it to my heart.
Bert's question prompted me to change the way I pray. It challenges me to look for God's grace and blessing in the midst of any struggle or challenge and to give glory and praise to God regardless of the circumstances. Do I find it easy to do? Absolutely not. However, it has certainly raised my awareness of choosing to walk humbly with my God on a daily basis. I do not accomplish it well all the time, but I am at least a work in progress. Some of the growth I have experienced in my spiritual journey is because of people like Bert.
I received word today that Bert was called home to the Lord on Tuesday. I can only imagine the praising of God that she now does.
St. Benedict's Parish has lost a prayer warrior from their community. My condolences go out to all of the family and friends of Bert. May she rest in God's eternal peace!