Lord, make me to know my end and the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am. Another year of my pilgrimage has passed. I am a year nearer to my death, nearer to judgement, nearer to eternal life with Christ, my Lord. – from a “New Years Eve” Lutheran prayer.
It is always sobering to remember the 100% mortality rate, and “pilgrimage” is a reminder that this world is an inn that we should not mistake for home (Lewis). We will soon meet the merciful and righteous God. Jonathan Edwards resolved to “think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.” For Paul, the thought of death was desirable (Philippians 1:21-23). And so it should be for all believers. The thought of our approaching death should induce joy and humble reverence, and a resolve to keep running the race (e.g. Heb 10:26-31). And for unbelievers, now is not too late… but tomorrow may be.