When the Christian hears news of a pregnancy, he instinctively rejoices, for God has brought life into the world. He has brought another child into the world. This is true even for those children who will never see the world. The mother's womb is his home in this world. Hence even the earliest moments of gestation are miraculous gifts of life. Pregnancy does not mean, in other words, that a woman "is going to be a mother," but is itself motherhood, ie., maternity.
The other response of the Christian to the pregnant woman, let me now add, is prayer, and care. We care for the pregnant in our community in whatever way is needful and appropriate, according to our station. One of the those ways, indeed, is to pray.
President of the LC-MS Matthew Harrison has wisely and astutely recommended the regular, even daily, use of the classic litany this Lent. I urge the reader to turn to this form of prayer, and when praying it, think of all pregnant women, and indeed all married women. For we know not when a woman might be pregnant, and we know not God's plan for a woman.
At the risk of sounding out of step with the present age, I confess that I use a more traditional form of the litany than that which is presently in vogue. The pertinent petition is as follows:
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant a safe delivery to pregnant mothers and healthy babies to those who nurse them:
We beseech Thee to hear us.
For the student and others who wish to use the Latin, here it is:
Ut praegnantibus et lactentibus felicem partum et incrementum largiri digneris:
Te rogamus, audi nos.