We consider a sequence of renewal processes constructed from a sequence of random variables belonging to the domain of attraction of a stable law (1 < α < 2). We show that this sequence is not tight in the Skorokhod J₁ topology but the convergence of some functionals of it is derived. Using the structure of the sample paths of the renewal process we derive the convergence in the Skorokhod M₁ topology to an α-stable Lévy motion. This example leads to a weaker notion of weak convergence. As an application, we present limit theorems for multiple channel queues in heavy traffic. The convergence of the queue length process to a linear combination of α-stable Lévy motions is derived.