Chosen for This Cross

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you looking for an opportunity to enter more prayerfully into the Lenten season, and connect with others navigating the “desert” of infertility? Come walk with us, Thursdays during Lent.

What is “Chosen for This Cross: A Desert Pilgrimage”?

Springs in the Desert is excited to present our first ever live prayer event during the season of Lent. While we’ve done Facebook Live events in the past, Chosen for This Cross will offer an opportunity for participants to meet and engage with each other “in person” virtually – not just in a comment box. The meetings will take place via Zoom.

When is this event happening?

Chosen for This Cross takes place live on six Thursdays during Lent at 8 pm Eastern: February 18 and 25; March 4, 11, 18 and 25.

What can I expect each evening?

Each week will feature one of the Seven Last Words of Jesus (note, week 6 will combine the final two “Words”). The evening will open with prayer and a personal reflection on the words of Jesus for that week. Each evening’s speaker will connect their insights and personal experience with infertility and loss with Jesus’ own suffering for our sakes. Following this sharing, participants will have the opportunity to break into small groups where they can meet others who are also on this “desert pilgrimage,” sharing their own stories and supporting each other.

Will this program be recorded?

Yes! And…no. The opening prayer and speaker’s share will be recorded and broadcast, but none of the participants will be shown onscreen to the public at any time. Small group breakout rooms will not be recorded.

How do I join, and how much will it cost?

This weekly prayer event is absolutely FREE, and can be accessed by registering through the link on our homepage.

Do I have to attend each week?

No – but we hope you will! We realize everyone is busy, so if you can make only one or two evenings, don’t let that stop you from attending. You can register for all six evenings, or register week-to-week as your schedule permits.

What are Jesus’ “Seven Last Words?”

The “Last Words” of Jesus are compiled from all four Gospel accounts of His Passion and death. More than just “words,” each of these seven sayings show us the humility, generosity and great love God has for us. Jesus’ words can offer us comfort and strength, wherever we are on the “desert pilgrimage” through infertility.

Jesus’ Seven Last Words are:

“Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Lk 23:34)

Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Lk 23:43)

“Woman, behold, your son. … Behold, your mother.” (Jn 19:26-27)

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46 and Mk 15:34)

“I thirst.” (Jn 19:28)

“It is finished.” (Jn 19:30)

“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” (Lk 23:46)

Who should attend these evenings of prayer?

Anyone who is struggling with or touched by infertility in any way: difficulty conceiving, pursuing treatment, feeling the pain of miscarriage, secondary infertility, the loss of fertility because of a specific medical condition, or entering/passed menopause.

Why “Chosen for This Cross?”

Our individual infertility stories are our own, yet we hold in common the experience of carrying a heavy cross. None of us asked for it. None of us would ever choose this cross. Yet how many of us have considered that we have been chosen for it by God. Infertility is not a punishment, but from its pain God can raise us up to new ways of giving life, unique opportunities to love our spouses, to become more generous with others, and to embrace with hope the good life He wants for us here, and the even better, more glorious life He thirsts to give us in eternity.

What people are saying about Springs in the Desert:

I learned that God understands my pain and that I need to express my feelings in prayer. He has a plan, though I don’t know it yet.

Jesus experienced my (and my husband’s) unique brokenness on the cross. I’ve never heard our connection with Jesus on the cross described that way. It brings a new level of comfort and a drive to open myself up and embrace that connection with Him more fully.

Just the different message and focus from your ministry was healing and hope-giving to me and my husband. Praise God for your insights about how to speak to this community.

I have really not encountered many infertility resources so finding this group is such a gift. It can really be such an isolating journey. May God bless you all and thank you for your wonderful work!!