Some Recent Musings Bringing Life to Me

Over the past months, these thoughts are working their way into my heart and experiences as key truths for the journey ahead…may they awaken life within your own. I also welcome the chance to discuss further with you — reach out to connect.


The truth that you are fully loved and that without end, burns within our hearts like a fire. To make this known to you in the most profound and intimate way is one of the passions of the Holy Spirit…and she will never stop. I want every blind spot in me consumed by this fire…

Our capacity to embrace and experience brokenness and pain without the immediate need to resolve it brings the heart of humanity close for union. Do we dare? As Jesus came to climb into the very same for us, He invites us to join Him in others…

Death never had the power over Jesus either before or after He became one of us. Yet, He embraced it to show us resurrection life is greater. What’s more, He embraced it as the final fruit of our violence towards Him and arose to proclaim that our worst is no match for His essence – Love: that abiding presence filled with joy over our lives. We have never been separated, despite what we may think. Instead, He had held on with a smile as true love does. May I become the same…

Resist underestimating the power of offered encouragement. Our personal “courage” tanks in our hearts can never be too full, and in fact becomes the difference between experiencing victory over defeat in the life situation we face. Offer generously and to everyone…the difference will be more than we can imagine…

What we condemn for punishment reflects parts of our hearts still blind and believing redemptive love is not greater. Nothing is beyond Jesus’ desire and power to transform. All He needs is our trust and cooperation…

We, yes each of us, have a truth of who we are as crafted by our Creator. Our life journey is discovering this truth and living from it. Experiencing peace-filled fulfillment and joy comes from living from the truth of who we are. We don’t create this, we find what’s there and live life from there…

Beauty, wonder and mystery impact each other without losing their individual uniqueness. They reflect an expression of agape flowing from the relational reality between the Trinity of which we are included. We can underestimate at times the impact and key each of these realities can have in experiencing the truth of our lives. Few words can capture the absolute presence each brings and how they bridge the eternal with the temporal…

Our Night Became Light

On that night, over 2000 years ago…

The ordinary became miraculous. Night had fallen and the darkness was deep. The day’s light was fully gone, leaving a blanket of silence across the land. Bethlehem was preparing to sleep yet another time, finally having a reprieve from the day’s hustle of foreign soldiers and their brutality to exact yet another tax from its people. Even the effort to party away the general feeling of continued oppression was hollow, only emphasizing even more the lie that their life was nothing more than a payment for power’s pleasure. Sleep, it seemed, to be the only escape, but only temporary. The morning light would bring more of the same of what seemed an unending cycle.

Even more life draining was the unseen phantom of shifting form that walked among all of mankind since Earth’s beginning. Possessing both a loveless esteem and a mouth full of lies, this created being that once stood and worshipped the Eternal Relationship of the Eternals – the Father, Jesus and the Spirit – now focused his treachery on their heart’s desire and treasure of all the Cosmos – us as humankind. Depraved, fallen and transformed into the expressed image of ultimate brokenness, this creature who once reflected beauty, song and dance of the Goodness and Love of the Eternals, now existed to lie and project myths about you and I’s purpose, goodness, and inclusion in the circle of Eternal Love. And while the myths are but hollow walls blocking the Light of humanity, this same Light continues to shine brightly as a sun of all suns through space and time. What is the truth of this light that never diminishes nor has an ending? You and I were fashioned as part of the Eternals, in their likeness and form, existing in an unbroken relationship because of their love for each other AND us.

So what does the Eternals do when those they love are so blinded by the lies and bound in the prisons of their own making in choosing to believe they are separated rather than already in union with them? They become the creature, to experience our journey and dwell in the midst of our darkness to destroy every wall of myth that restricts the Light of Eternal relationship that shines from within in every human as a present reality. Mystifyingly beautiful and wondrous as an expression of their love for all of us.

And so it happens. Against the hushed awe of heaven’s creatures, the Eternals do just that – they become the very creature they had created. Not a “superman” creature who remains aloof, but one born and bound within the finite of our world’s experience. They enter our world as we do – as a baby, subject to the process of growth of our bodies, minds, souls, experiences and choices. Into us, they join themselves – their Agape – the most powerful force that unites. Doing so now enables us to experience the union of creature with Creator. The Eternals fully understood that the loss of relationship at the beginning was blindness to the reality of ever-present union. Their love for humanity compelled their desire to become like the creature, to experience their deepest blindness and darkness. They did this to declare with finality – “Our union with you is the light within you that never diminishes. Your freedom to embrace it or the myth that we are separated will always be yours to make because true love always gives a choice. But whatever you choose in any one moment doesn’t change our committed promise to remain present. Know with certainty our coming as Emmanuel (God, plural, with Us) was our choice to become like you to win your heart. You are always with us and we will keep challenging your darkness of blindness to experience our established union in love’s full embrace.”

The appointed night arrived, framed by history and the doorway into the future. The world in that moment laid silent – exhausted, discouraged, and hopeless – accepting what was as what is and what will be. And then, in the quiet emptiness of that night, faint but crescendo-ing, a baby’s birthing cry echoed across the landscape proclaiming – the Eternals have come to make their Presence known within the human soul as an intimately, experienced reality. Our night of being lied to has transformed into Light – we have never been, nor ever will be, alone. The Eternals insure it with their very existence.

Thank you Jesus for pursuing us all the way to earth and in our deepest recesses of myth and lie. Thank you Father and Spirit for your unending Presence and Love for each other and Jesus, also choosing to have each of us as part of your Eternal journey together. May Mystery, Beauty and Wonder of Your relationship together captivate our hearts with fuller revelation with every passing moment. May we want you like you want us.

Mark Francis

December 2021

Never Alone (a short story)

Fear gripped the twins like an invisible noose, ever tightening around their hearts. After 40 years of seeking everything they could imagine to get release from this deadening force, the emptiness they experienced was a hole deeper than either could describe. But they did feel it, a silent, weighty darkness that surrounded their life. When not silent, the darkness offered repeated, piercing accusations that came with a vengeance, digging deeper the hole they felt…

“You are not worth it!”

“Who are you to deserve that?”

“No one wants you!”

After each verbal blow, their heart reeled as another piece of hope would be stolen cutting deep wounds. Over time, their own thoughts had become increasingly lifeless and demeaning, darkened also by the incessant messages of religion and those who arrogantly stood on the side of religious rightness. Broken themselves, these “friends” within their own community constantly shared loveless commands of “Believe this more”, “Do that more” and “Perform more”. Believing they owned “THE” truth dominated the motivations behind their actions which in the end, stole again and again the twin’s hope to be held, cared for and loved, in the midst of their broken, empty and pained-filled lives. The constancy of these messages from so early an age had dramatically disfigured the very face of God in their eyes. Even when they chanced a gaze towards heaven, they would wince waiting for another beat down from Him too. Modeling by God’s so-called “people” had done its work – even God could not be trusted, especially when the twins needed Him most. The lie of mistrust had anchored solid.

Lisa and Tony were inseparable the moment they were born. As the first identical twins in their family, they were held early on with a kind of disconnected specialness. Their parents did as best they could, but time and family pressures eventually scarred their hearts with a growing sense that life would have to be lived on their own. Few identified with them, nor took the time to hear and understand. Growing up, Lisa and Tony did have their unique bond and filled their days with child-like joys. But, as the years passed, their time together became less and less, as they embraced their own journeys and dreams. It was a slow drift apart, but one that was deep and tangible. Before long, a nagging splinter made its way into that core place of their hearts where one’s value and worth is meant to grow and enlarge. Painfully and methodically, wounds formed that would only deepen and spread with each day, leaving each of them with a festering notion…

“You…are… alone”.

“Get over it – you’re just a woman”, became a common theme of the words that filled Lisa’s inner world. Written often and at times with great passion from those around her, Lisa’s heart cataloged the countless times she received “encouragements” of this kind. Whether at home, with friends and especially from many in her religious tradition, she was held in that place of “less than.” Each time it came, even without words, the message went deep. Still, her strong heart had felt early in her life a sense of wonder and beauty about her womanhood and of the deep value that came from simply being. While unsure of its source, this awareness was there, taking every step with her. But, like many other life stories around her, Lisa thought less and less of herself over time as disillusionment made its home within her. Relationship strains and breakups, broken attempts to reconnect, and the repeated description of her lessened value damaged her heart profoundly. Trust evaporated, and one bad decision led to another, and another. Soon the years had passed and the 40-year old staring back at her in the mirror this day was a roadmap of painful valleys with few joys along the way. Aloneness crowded her reflection with its own shadow of deep darkness.

Miles away, Tony experienced the same reflected image as he stared into his hotel mirror after another night of trying to desperately find something to fill his own growing heart void. Elevated by family and friends, Tony’s journey had been filled with favor and attention from others simply because he was a man. Never quite at ease with this treatment early on, especially when it affected his sister, he did his best to downplay the disparity. Joking and sarcasm became his practiced deflection.  The older he got, though, the less he could ignore it. Then, at some point, he came to embrace and expect the special treatment. When he didn’t get it, anger became his emotion of choice. The impact led to coldness and intentional separation from anyone who challenged him. Like a self-inflicted disease, he increasingly believed that he indeed deserved this favor. Selfishness marked his intents and soared directly into the lives of those around him, leaving most feeling used and broken. His guilt increased daily, but because he felt so broken himself, stopping seemed unattainable. Into this destructive pattern came scattered and irregular nights when Tony would dream in his troubled sleep. Each dream would be different, but most would have a recurring, unidentifiable figure, who would come to him with arms outstretched in invitation. In these dreams, a hope would spark in Tony’s heart with deep longing – could it be? Does someone want me for me? He would then wake, unfulfilled yet again.

A few days later, after celebrating their birthdays alone, Tony called his sister, something they had not done enough over the past few years. A meet up was planned for a few days later. Their embrace upon meeting this time felt long overdue, but more meaningful. Strapping on their backpacks, they had planned an afternoon of hiking in the beautiful mountains of the Wasatch Front, just east of the Salt Lake Valley. After some personal catch up for the first mile on the trail, they happened upon a small, but scenic mountain lake, tucked away from the valley below. Stopping and settling down on its soft and grassy bank, they took in the scene. Pine trees and coyote willows, along with scattered sagebrush surrounded the lake, while the red sumac contrasted the color of the yellowing quaking aspen, further up the mountain. For a few moments, they sat in silence, taking in the cool, but silent breeze and the quietness that unlocks reflection. Almost on que, they both began tearing up, as years of stored away pain and loss came to the surface. Slowly, but intently, they began to share their stories. As the bygone pictures were painted, each not only felt the release of being supported, but also the beginnings of their hearts intertwining again. Surprised, they discovered that while their roads had been different, their conclusions reflected back in the mirror only days before on their birthday, had been identical.

Taking some moments to consider each other’s exchange and simply embrace, both were taken by surprise when a lone white dove landed at their feet and made its way between them. Spreading its wings to touch both their legs, Tony and Lisa froze. Unable to move or speak, they thought, “What was happening?”.  In the stillness, they watched as the bird switched his gaze between them back and forth. Unexplained peace flooded around them, tangible and real. Ever so softly, they became aware of a voice making its way into their hearts. It was so clear they both looked around to see if someone had joined them. Later confirming the same message, they were arrested by what they heard…

“The scene you are sitting in has always been, even in your absence from it. This mountain, these trees, this lake, and yes, this precious dove are as real today as they were yesterday and before. The same is for your life and heart. You cannot gain, nor earn, what you already have. You were born into center of my surrounding Presence and Goodness that covers the world you walk in, but more importantly, envelopes you as my cherished beloved. You exist within me and there is no canyon to cross to get back to me. Our lives are intertwined from the moment you were conceived, even though you may not see it. You were born into my world more than you were born into yours. Let me show you — Can you look back and see us walking together?

My hands and feet carry the wrinkles and scars of your own journey – because I was there with you.

My heart carries the same pains and losses from your valleys – because I was there with you.

My eyes and ears have seen and heard the assaults from all who live in conditional love — because I was there with you.

I was there because I never leave. I carry what you carry because you are in Me.

As I experience you, I desire you to experience Me. Separation is not a truth of my existence – I have not been separated from anything. Your life exists in the center of my Presence. Only your blindness, created by lies, denies the connection we already have. But even your blindness is weak to my surrounding Presence.

I am Jesus – Immanuel – ALWAYS face to face with you. You are not alone.”

Astonished and overwhelmed, Tony and Lisa slowly look at each other with a foreign gaze of wonderous perplexity. No words are found as silent mystery marks the moment, each holding the echoing words deep in their hearts. Feeling a stir, their eyes again focus on the dove, who folds its wings, and lifts off in flight and out of sight. Lisa reaches for Tony’s hand, and they sit together as cleansing and renewing tears fall from their eyes, revealing the growing life from their returning sight of knowing Jesus sits with them, even here. Unsure, but captivated by what seems to be new insight, their surroundings take on new meaning as shafts of hope’s light interject courage where despair had taken root. Life can now become a daily awakening to what is – they are not alone, and never have been.

— Mark Francis

20 Years of Ministry

Twenty years ago this month, Heaven’s Dawn Ministries was born in our hearts. To honor our journey since this step, we wanted to express our gratefulness and share it with you.

The road since March 1999 has been filled with all manner of experiences. We have witnessed at times the intervention of God Himself, while during others, the infusion of humanity filled with God’s goodness and grace. Other times, we have endured great loss and pain, and our only encouragement was to hold on and persevere. The reality of God’s presence and love has sustained us, while at other times raised many questions over how to hold parts of our road. Through it all, we have tangibly felt His love and care, even in our questions, frustrations and pain. We know our journey is not unlike most others; however, it remains important to us to voice our deep gratefulness for the Lord’s faithfulness, care and love of us through it all.

From the beginning, our hearts were captivated for Utah, its people and its destiny. The past twenty years have provided many opportunities and avenues to share this destiny from God’s heart. During each step, our hope has remained the same – to see others connect to the one who made them and who treasures their life with abiding love and presence.

For those of you who have in some way joined our journey through prayer, participation, relationship and/or support, we are grateful for your sacrifice and gifts. As we have shared often, your involvement connects you to the efforts we believe God has put in our hearts, and He takes joy in your offering. We personally are touched by your giving and supportive heart. Please accept our heart-felt appreciation. You have demonstrated aspects of what it means to be part of the larger kingdom of God’s people.

Before we step into the next season of time with Heaven’s Dawn Ministries, we simply want to express our gratefulness and love to the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Their triune, eternal relationship continually arrests our hearts in their desire to share it with all of humanity. We are humbled to be called to this journey, and to share this relentless love with all we encounter. May we always experience the never-ending flood of heaven’s goodness as we become even more captivated by beauty, wonder and mystery.

Thank you for celebrating this 20-year journey with us!

Mark & Laura Francis
Heaven’s Dawn Ministries

Heber City Prayer Summit


If you are in the area and available, I wanted to welcome your attendance at this event. I will be speaking during the 7 PM session on Thurs-Saturday evenings, and again at 11 am on Sunday morning. There are more sessions throughout the day, and I’ve provided a contact number where you can get additional details. Your prayer for me as I share would also be appreciated. I will be speaking on “Prophetic Prayer”.

Thanks for your consideration.

Heber City Prayer Summit
Sponsored by Light the Way Ministries (
January 11-14, 2018
Cost is free

Site: 1400 North U.S. 40, Heber City Utah
Additional Info: 801-427-9454

Summit Topic: All Kinds of Prayer

Thanks for your consideration.


The Call of the New Year

What is calling to you in this new year of 2018? A fresh start? Perseverance? Reconnection? Or maybe simply to keep taking steps. I find it fascinating how the switch to a new year, over the course of a 24 hour period, can be so impactful for many. The truth is, January 1 represents simply the next day after December 31. What has shifted that causes the impact we witness around us or even in our own heart? Does time or its shifting actually have tangible power?

While I don’t really have an answer, I do know that events associated with time certainly do. Take Jesus’ entrance. The Bible declares that “in the fullness of time”, Jesus came. In other words, there was an appointment where time had to pass including all the events associated with it before He came. I wonder how much that dynamic operates in the kingdom life we all are seeking to live? What things in our life will come to pass only after a “fullness of time”?

You are not alone in your wondering. This question is resonating in my own heart beyond anything I have experienced to date. Which leads me to stop and explore my present journey and God’s presence in it. What is He calling me to? What of my future has a voice above all voices that seeks to captivate my heart, originating from heaven’s King and Father of my life?

As you ask this same question, I bless you with open channels to God’s heart in order to apprehend what is for you in this hour. In your discovery, may fresh courage and boldness fill you, empowering your steps and giving your life sustaining vitality for your journey into 2018.

Needing a drink?

One of the greatest honors I have is to spend time to hear God’s heart for others. His desire to speak hope, courage and life-giving vision marks the core heart He possesses for each of us. And like a river, this encouragement that only He knows flows without interruption.

So I ask…do you need a drink of encouragement from this river today? If so, please reach out. I will share what I receive privately so that you can consider it with the Lord personally.  Hope to hear from you.



For me, the reality of “presence” is a very important one for my journey. Whether in my relationship with Jesus, or others with skin on, the impact that presence has on my own heart is profound. I find myself regularly considering truth through the lens of presence, especially as it relates to what the Trinity speaks to me, whether in the written Word or personally. What I have come to know, day in and day out, is that I long for presence beyond my present experience. Yes, Jesus, be Emmanuel (God with Us).

Like you, I do experience it at times and in ways that defy explanation. Then there are those times that I’m found pouring my heart out without words, needing Presence to capture my fallen gaze. But answers do not always come. Many times silence reigns, both from Heaven and earth. Into that place, my questions then come about my own capacity…am I dull? Distracted? Cold? Wounded? Bitter? and the list goes on. All good questions, but not meant to be a place one should stay too long. But, some days I do stay…and in that place of broken unknown-ness, I discover a deeper longing. It’s like looking at the past-present-future reality of eternity as compared to the fragile shortness and passing of my perceived weak life (aren’t we all wounded and broken?). Some days I long for this eternity…to be present with all the other eternal beings, secure and strengthened by power beyond my own life. And yet, on other days, it feels my time here is still filled with life that needs to be lived in presence this side of heaven. A tension for sure, and one that anchors itself deep within my heart.

As I move through these shifting perspectives, I land in a place of wanting more of how I give of myself to those around me. I want to be “Present” for them, whatever that looks like. And to be sure, it changes by person and circumstance. Can I be that adaptive and sensitive? I don’t know, but am giving it all that I can.

If this echoes your own heart…let’s remember each other and be Present with one another, even when words are absent. May our paths be marked with our footprints surrounding others as we move through this dusty experience, captured by the invitation of Him who commits to us every step of the way.

Beauty that Marks God’s Kingdom

When you think about God’s Kingdom, particularly what distinguishes it on earth, what would you say? Agape or choosing love? What about the fruits of the Spirit? I suspect for each of us, our answer may be similar, but with some uniqueness given our own personal interactions with Jesus. I love this as it paints a fuller picture of the God-realm and all that it means.

For me, beauty is one specific aspect I have been seeking after, particularly its role in framing God’s kingdom on the earth both in our relationship with Jesus and with each other. I recently spoke about this at our home church to stir our hearts in this direction. I invite you to hear my comments and welcome any you may have to pass along to me (see podcast location below). I am coming to see that beauty is one way God draws us after His heart, but possibly in ways that we may not have realized. Enjoy!!

To listen, go to  The Beauty Of God Message

July 2017 Blessing

To each of you reading this post, I release over your heart new access into the heavenly realm where you both see and understand a present revelation of God’s heart for your own and how it connects to your sphere of influence. I further proclaim that the next few weeks will bring opportunity for this revelation to be more fully realized as it impacts your life at every level. In the process, may your personal union with Jesus take on a fresh and joy-filled hope no matter the circumstances of your present journey. His presence is the abundance of life in the midst of seasons of loss, pain or discouragement. When we can’t hold on, His grip never relents, always pulling us close to gaze into His eyes of life-giving love.