Singer, author and inspirational speaker Jeff Steinberg will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cornerstone Worship Center, 500 Lenz Road, overlooking the Route 422 bypass and Route 286 in White Township.
Once you see Steinberg on the platform, you want to take a closer look. You realize that he has no arms or hands, deformed legs and he’s a diminutive 4 feet, 6 inches tall. He wears a prosthetic arm with a metallic hook on the end holding a microphone like a normal hand. Then you listen to his dynamic singing voice. You laugh at his humor and you become a part of his life story, his struggles, his hurts, his growth and his achievements. You soon forget about his physical appearance, and before the event is over, you believe him: He is a masterpiece in progress. What’s more, you feel like a masterpiece in progress, too.
Steinberg was born in Philadelphia with multiple birth defects — no arms and two bent, scissored legs — a condition known as phocomelia. Steinberg and the news of his physical condition were kept from his mother until he was almost 2 years old. Steinberg spent his first years in a welfare shelter in Philadelphia, and then later in the Shriners’ Hospital For Crippled Children. Having lived only nine months at home, Steinberg was indeed an unusual brother to his three normal sisters. On Oct. 31, 1960, the state placed him into The Good Shepherd Home for Crippled Children and Aged People in Allentown — a home for the severely disabled — where he lived for more than 10 years.
Today, Steinberg travels around the country, singing and speaking about the masterpiece in each of us and encouraging us to see what God can do through us, no matter what our limitations appear to be. At 4 feet, 6 inches tall, Steinberg is quick to tell you, “I am God’s unique design. I am proof that there is no limit to what a person can become, no matter what he or she may look like.” His own definition of a handicap as “anything that keeps me from being or becoming all that God created me to be” help his audience to “shed their excuses for not using their talents and abilities to serve God.”
Pastor Paul Price invites the public to attend. For more information visit www.indianachurch.com or call (724) 465-9911.