My Testimony by Ailish Ridgeway
“GOD Healed Me From Chronic Eczema ”
I first encountered Teach Mhuire Praying Community when I attend and participated in a Life in the Spirit Seminar that they facilitated in Colaiste Iosagain about six years ago. The seminar took place over six weeks and in that time a tiny ember in my soul was kindled with the love and support of the prayer ministers and by the end of the course I was on fire for the Lord and I had encountered the Holy Spirit in a powerful way.
I developed a regular and meaningful prayer life and a new understanding and appreciation for the Sacraments. After a short while I decided that I wanted to study Theology and commenced a degree course in the Priory Institute in Tallaght. Its was not Gods plan for me to stroke my ego by studying the scriptures in that way and in order to keep me on the straight and narrow he send me an unexpected pregnancy which quickly put a halt to my lofty ambitions.
I now found myself in a position where I had to find God in my home, my work as a wife and mother and through prayer and also through reading the scriptures myself and learning to really pray the Maas instead of just being there. This was a time of great revelation and grace for me which was topped with the birth of my fourth child and only son Sean. How wonderful is the love of God!! He taught me in this time to put my hand in his and to lean on him for everything and it would all work out fine.
Four very busy years passed and last November I attended a Healing Maas in Coláiste Íosagáin which was hosted by Teach Mhuire Prayer Community and celebrated by Fr Bermingham. By the time Maas was over my heart was thumping wildly within me and that fire that I felt six years earlier was well and truly stoked. I was elated.
I decided to attend the weekly meeting to pray and spend time with this wonderful group of the Lords Disciples and I knew that this was my time. Each week I attended I could see a change in myself and my outlook, Gods grace really flows through the meetings and I was enriched after each one.
As a child and all through my life I have suffered with eczema and for over four years I had a particularly bad patch on the back of my right hand. It was steadily getting worse and spreading despite the many creams, lotions, moisturisers etc that I was applying to it. The back of my hand was extremely itchy and often very sore, it would wake me through the night and sometimes I would scratch it until it would bleed. I had been to the Doctor and he had prescribed two very potent steroid creams which I had been using but made little or no difference to the condition. My skin was by now shiny and paper thin from all the cortisone and it was very unsightly and I had become quiet self conscious of it.
Each week after the meetings I had sat with different prayer teams and received many prayers for issues in my life and I had definitely received healing of an emotional and spiritual nature but for some reason it had never occurred to me to ask for healing for my hand. One night in early summer while at a prayer meeting my skin was burning and itchy and I sat with a prayer team and I asked the Lord to touch and heal my hand if that was his will. We prayed and the prayer minister touched my hand and told me that I would receive a healing. From that night to this day I have not used a cream on my hand and it is completely cured. The curious thing is that it was a very subtle healing, it was sudden or dramatic, I just simply realised after a few days that I hadn’t needed to apply the creams and I began to notice as each day passed the itching was less and the skin was returning to normal. It was such a gentle touch that I received. My skin is completely healed without a trace of the eczema.
I thank God everyday for the gift of my faith and especially for the Teach Mhuire Praying Community who have taught me so much. I love our Tuesday night meetings where I can meet like minded people who are full of the love and peace of Our Blessed Lord.
Glory to God.