Pregnant women are not the only image or metaphor of Advent. - expectant joy, etc. A child is a ready reminder of our Lord's return. Everything in your life now revolves around this child. These are some of the things I think about at night. And I wonder - what did Mary ponder as she held Jesus, crying in the middle of the night? Perhaps much the same thing. Everything in her life now revolved around that holy child. Although I am sure he still cried, infant holy though he was. No doubt Simeon's words continued to keep her up at night as well:
"Behold this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword shall pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed."
The sword will come soon enough. For it is true, everything revolves around this child, the Holy One of Israel. And though he is utterly dependent on his mother, his mother and all humanity are utterly dependent upon him. It was true at his first Advent. It is true as we await his final Advent. And it is true as he continues to make his Advent among us. His food is ready. Your garment is prepared. Comfort, comfort, ye my people. O Bride of Christ, rejoice.
God dwells with us in darkness
And makes the night as day;
Yet we resist the brightness
And turn from God away.
But grace does not forsake us,
However far we run.
God claims us still as children
Through Mary's infant Son.
- LSB 337:5