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Lessons From the Loons

Loons teach us that vigilance and self-sacrifice are essential if we would be successful parents.

By Alane Waters

Recently we were on a family campout enjoying a few of the glorious summer days we appreciate here in Montana.  We were at one of our favorite spots that has peaceful privacy, a beautiful blue, tranquil lake, and gorgeous mountain vistas.

As in years past, we enjoyed canoeing around the lake, to the island, and down the various fingers of the lake. One of the highlights is hearing and seeing the family of loons that make this spot their summer home. 

But this time we observed something we’d never noticed before. As this little family of loons—a father, mother, and one chick—swam around the lake, not only did we hear their usual loon call at dawn and dusk, but often throughout the day.

We also noticed as we observed them from our canoe that they were watchful not only of us, but of a family

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About the author

Adapted and reprinted with permission of Restoration International. Alane Waters is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband, Tom, are cofounders of Restoration International, a ministry dedicated to sharing their passion for a real connection with Christ that produces vibrant, practical Christianity, revitalizes marriages and families, energizes church communities, and makes the transforming power of Christ appeal to a hurting world. Visit for a schedule of their speaking events and media resources.