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Time Of Desperation

Hummers are lined up at the Huber Cadillac, Hummer and Saab dealership in Omaha, Neb. in this March 26, 2007 file photo. Hummer parent General Motors and the other Detroit automakers are clamoring for a $34 billion bailout. But they're facing resistance from lawmakers critical of the companies' management and past decisions — like pushing the Hummer line.
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This column was written by CBS News Early Show Co-Anchor Harry Smith.
Sunday morning in Detroit at one of the city's biggest churches, the congregation prayed for the auto industry.

There in front of the church for all to see were a couple of SUVs.

I wonder if some in the congregation were wondering if those vehicles were really there next to the altar to be sacrificed.

The God of the Old Testament was forever asking for sacrifices; lambs, children. The idea of sacrifices is to give something up in order to get something in return.

General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner has been suggested as being worthy of sacrifice if the car makers are to get the money they want from Washington.

I spoke with Michigan Gov. Jennifer Grandholm this morning.

Quite honestly she seemed weary and even sad. She knows something most of the rest of us do not.

If the auto industry goes under, her state will tumble from recession to depression.

Folks in Michigan are hoping Congress can answer prayers.