Today's readings are Psalm 103.6-14, Number 8.5-26, and Luke 15.11-32.
"The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love" (Ps. 103.8, ESV). We see God's mercy in the provision for the Levites and their service. He appoints a means of cleansing for his servants. He provides for their physical needs. He even arranges for them to rest after years of service in the temple. Likewise, in the Gospel for today we see that God, pictured in the father, lays down his desires and his riches to bless his sons, both of his sons. They use the father's riches as they would. When one of them misuses them and brings shame, the father picks him up and celebrates the fact that he now knows he was wrong. God even celebrates over our repentance! Truly our Lord is merciful and gracious.