Not all is bleak, as there is also encouragement and we have found that those who have encouraged us are not always those from whom we have expected encouragement. Still there is opposition and downright hostility. Yes, sometimes this is for a reason and it is sensible to think about why we have encountered a particular reaction but often the negativity is not well thought out. This leads to sorrow and hurt feelings especially as the decision to home educate has usually been made after months or years of thought and seeking the Lord's will.
I was struck reading 1 Peter 3 about how apt these words are for those of us who face, have faced or will face hostility and railing.
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
For he that would love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace and ensue it.
May the Lord help us to show this spirit.